This banded snowy plover treks into the wind at Pigeon Point. The PRBO, Point Reyes Bird Observatory, suspects this is may be a male they banded in 2007 at the Pajaro River: four years ago and 40 miles south. However, Research Associate Frances Bidstrup with the PRBO's Wetlands Ecology Group adds, "It would be unusual for a bird to suddenly show up at a new site after a hiatus of 4 years. What we don't know though is every move a bird makes over a period of time. We have birds that disappear for the winter or nesting season. It could well have been missed if a site is only censused once or twice a year or the bird stays briefly. This time of year the birds are dispersing to their nesting sites so their moves are more unpredicable than when in their wintering areas."