There’s something odd about this avocet.
The ones we see in Pennsylvania have orange heads in breeding plumage …
… and white heads in basic (winter) plumage.
The bird at the top looks different because he’s a pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), native to Europe, Asia and Africa.
Our avocets are “American avocets” (Recurvirostra americana).
Fortunately we can identify both birds as avocets. All we need is the right adjective.
(first two photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the images to see the originals.
avocet in basic/winter plumage by Robert Greene, Jr.)