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PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER

Great Salt Lake,Utah.A Pluvialis plover in non-breeding plumage with a thin bill and strong supercillium, and a very rich golden-rufus-brown color and a pale belly. We watched it for quite a while through the scopes, and compared it to drawings and photos in our 'Sibley' and 'Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide: D. Paulson' and concluded unanimously that Pacific Golden Plover was the best match. We looked closely at the tail/wing length ratio,and the wing tips just barely were longer than the tail

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Taken on August 29, 2012