Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope

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Red-necked Phalaropes have arrived in the Bay Area from their Alaska and Canada breeding range. The adults arrive first and right about now the juveniles start to show up. Any hint of blush on the breast or gold on the back and coverts probably signifies a juvenile because the adults are mostly basic plumaged at this time. They spend much of their time swimming as they feed from the surface, but when they come to shore you may catch a glimpse of their famous lobed feet.

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