Black Turnstone?

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While hiking around a rock outcrop in an attempt to get a better view of some large breaking waves I came across this guy busy foraging along the rocks near the shoreline. Since we spend so little time along the coast our shorebird identification skills are a bit lacking especially when the birds are dressed in their non-breeding plumage. My best guess is that this is a Black Turnstone albeit not looking very black this day. I welcome correction and tips for identification of shorebirds from costal dwellers.

Northern California Coast.

Curious Otter

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This guy was quite curious as to what we were doing although our presence did not alter his routine. He would dive into the water via a small hole in the ice and every 5-6 tries come out with a nice looking fish.

Yellowstone Lake, YNP.