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A western snowy plover stands on the sand

The western snowy plover is a small shorebird distinguished from other plovers by its small size, pale brown upper parts, dark patches on either side of the upper breast, and dark gray to blackish legs. During the breeding season (March through September), plovers can be seen nesting along the shores, peninsulas, offshore islands, bays, estuaries, and rivers of the United States’ Pacific Coast. This undated photo displays a bird in its winter plumage. US Fish and Wildlife Service photo.

A western snowy plover stands on the sand

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