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jack4rogers

American Golden-Plover?

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Hmm...  those buffy feathers were sorta throwing me off at first (and they still are), but I;m sorta leaning Black-bellied. Compare the brownish feathers with this shot: http://www.audubon.org/sites/default/files/styles/hero_cover_bird_page/public/Black-bellied%20Plover%20b57-13-038_V.jpg?itok=mU5Cys8j

 

I'm not expert, so take this with a grain of salt. Looks like you're having a lot of fun, though!

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Also, can you guys point out what says BB over Golden?

 

- Pale crown

- Broader white between the wing and breast

- Larger bill

- Obvious white undertail coverts

- Tough to see here, but the primary projection looks shorter

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One thing to be careful of with these guys this time of year -- the black clearly hasn't fully molted in, so any field mark that depends upon the black pattern is going to be tricky.

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