The Accidental Birder

When you travel over 6000 miles non stop, of course you want your own patch of grass. Actually, you deserve it.

This deserving avian wonder is the Pacific Golden Plover (or Hawai’ian Kolea)—a petite shorebird that is very common in Hawaii and who I first met on the island of Oahu.

Rhymes with Lover

The Pacific Golden Plover (“It rhymes with lover” Steve explained to me) nests in Alaska  and spends winter in Hawaii and other islands in Polynesia. In Alaska they’re quite shy, but when they get to Hawaii they become quite tame and can be fed by hand. I have to admit, Hawaii makes me feel more vibrant and social too. It’s those nice tropical trade winds I suppose. And I’d be open to anyone feeding me by hand too, especially if it’s coconut macadamia nut shrimp.

The Pacific Golden Plover’s journey from Alaska to Hawaii is about 6000…

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