Sunday, January 25, 2015

Semipalmated Plover

Cleaning up unpublished posts for last year’s blogs, I came upon this photo of two Semipalmated Plovers. These shorebirds are common but, as you will notice, they are sometimes hard to see. This cryptic nature and the birds’ tendency to migrate in more dispersed flocks than other shorebirds, make estimating global populations difficult (Nol and Blanken 1999).

Unlike some other shorebirds, Semipalmated Plovers are monogamous and both male and female care of their eggs and precocial young. The species breeds from Alaska across Arctic Canada. They winter from our southern and eastern coasts all the way to the tips of Argentina and Chile. A few are even encountered within continental South America.

This photo was taken on 13 May 2014 in Rice County, Minnesota. I have previously blogged on this species.

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