BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State

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Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Washington's largest plover, the Black-bellied Plover, nests in the Arctic and winters on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, as far as southern Brazil. After shedding their striking breeding plumage, Black-bellied Plovers look downright subdued in winter. Look for their black axillaries, or "armpits," in flight.

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Walla Walla River Delta

Columbia Plateau

The Walla Walla River Delta is an oasis in a huge monoculture desert of dry-land wheat farms. Consequently, it is a great place to find wintering waterfowl in abundance, especially Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, and American Wigeons. If the water levels are right, the expansive mudflats can attract numerous species of shorebirds. Keep an eye out for rarities!

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