Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Semipalmated Plover

Another common shorebird Erika and I saw last April at the south jetty of Gray's Pass in Washington was this Semipalmated Plover. This plover breeds in Alaska and arctic Canada. The species winters along the coasts of North, Central, and South America. This species is one of the few plovers enjoying increasing numbers--it is not very particular about its food choices and its wide range protects it from local catastrophes (Nol and Blanken 1999). Spring Semipalmated Plovers, like the spring South Dakota bird below, show a black breast band. The Washington bird is in basic (winter) plumage.

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