I started walking back towards the parking lot, and stopped to look at a smaller group of shorebirds close to shore. While looking through the scope, I heard a flock of shorebirds arriving, and then I couldn't believe my eyes when the golden-plover landed nearby. Then my luck improved even more when the sun broke through the clouds.
The plover was roosting with a mixed flock of Dunlin, Sanderling, and Western Sandpipers. They took off a couple of times, but landed nearby again, so I had several opportunities for photos. Here are a few of my favorites highlighting the Pacific Golden-Plover on 27 October 2013: