Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plovers are common. They breed across Arctic Canada and almost all of Alaska. A few nest along the West Coast south to California. They winter along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts south through Central and South America. Their fall migration lasts a long time, since adults migrate before young birds. Unlike many other shorebirds, Semipalmated Plovers appear not to be declining in numbers. This trend may be augmented by their wide coastal distribution and their not specializing in particular kinds of invertebrate prey. During a day trip to Ocean Shores, Washington, on 20 July 2019, Erika and I photographed this plover running among among hundreds of other Semipalmated Plovers.

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