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Snowy Plover

Charadrius nivosus


Small Plover related to the Killdeer. Light brown on the back, white underneath. White above bill with a black patch above that. Black short bill medium length legs. Black patch behind the eyes and what I would say is a black broken necklace but is actually two patches on the sides of the short neck.


Prefers shorelines or like here dried up marsh bottom.


Sorry about the quality. They were about 200+ ft out.

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Jellis 8 years ago

In SF Chrisy Fields they close the beaches during breeding season but dog walkers ignore the signs

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 8 years ago

This is a federal threatened species in California, Oregon, and Washington. The tidal wetland restoration plans in San Francisco Bay include the creation of nesting islands. Years ago, I observed a few pairs nesting on salt pond levees in south San Francisco Bay. The transition from salt ponds to tidal salt marsh should be interesting.

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Hayward, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 9, 2013
Submitted on Jul 9, 2013

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