Small shorebird with a horizontal posture and a short neck. Breeding adults have a black crown stripe, a dark ear patch, and a black patch on the side of the neck. Pale sandy gray above and white below. Bill is black in all seasons.© Kevin Vande Vusse | Macaulay LibraryCalifornia, February 23, 2019
Nonbreeding birds lack the dark crown stripe and have a paler neck stripe. Sandy gray above and white below with a black bill and gray legs.© Brian Sullivan | Macaulay LibraryCalifornia, January 12, 2013
Rests and forages on the higher parts of the beach with loose sand. Often hunkers down in depressions in the sand to rest.© Brian Sullivan | Macaulay LibraryCalifornia, January 12, 2013
Small shorebird with a horizontal posture and a short, black bill. The facial marks on nonbreeding birds are paler. Note gray legs.© Tom Unsicker | Macaulay LibraryCalifornia, August 05, 2016
Some breeding birds show a darker ear patch in addition to the black crown and neck stripe. The bill is dark in all seasons.© Mike Schijf | Macaulay LibraryUtah, May 17, 2019
Breeds on sparsely vegetated sandy beaches and lake shores.© Luke SeitzCalifornia, March 25, 2013
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