Pacific Golden-Plover

Pluvialis fulva Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Pluvialis fulva Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

Why am I using a cow photo instead of the obvious picture of a Pacific Golden-Plover? First and foremost, because I don’t even have a photo of the bird yet! But secondly, the only way I added the species during my 2013 Conservation Big Year was thanks to this particular cow. I was at the Point Reyes National Seashore searching a particular area where Pacific Golden-Plovers had recently been seen. One guy stuck around all day, and left about 3 pm. I decided to walk along the road a bit, and this cow made eye contact. As I walked toward her, she lumbered up to the fence and seemed to want her forehead scratched. As I obliged, a couple of Pacific Golden-Plovers flew over, calling.

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