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Grey plover

Pluvialis squatarola


Non-breeding visitor from high Arctic nesting grounds, usually present October-April. In winter plumage, looks mainly grey with upperparts spangled black and white and underparts whitish; juvenile is similar but usually shows buffish wash.


Favours coastal mudflats.


Looks like an adult in first winter plumage.

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Mar 31, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012

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