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I was going to blog tomorrow about only discovering two juvenile black-bellied plovers feeding on the ground this summer on the Big Island of Hawaii, and something amazing happened -- I saw two flocks this afternoon!

I saw the first flock of seven flying above the Hilo Public Library after 1 p.m. That flock flew towards the west.

About 10 minutes later, I saw a flock of two flying above the Waiakea Pond. That flock flew towards the south.

If you're wondering why those birds didn't migrate to the arctic tundra, juvenile birds in that species doesn't breed until they're two-years old, and typically remains in their winter grounds during its first summer.

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