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Semipalmated Plover

A common Plover that migrates from Canada and Alaska to both the Atlantic and Pacific shorelines and mudflats during our winter months is the Semipalmated Plover.

Small at 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches (17-29 cm) in length and only 1.7 oz (47 g) in weight, this stocky little Plover forages tidal mudflats and salt marshes in search of insects, crustaceans, and worms.

After foraging the area close to me, this Semipalmated Plover flew over the channel to a different spot and immediately into a squabble with a Killdeer who loudly made it known “this is my area, not yours”.

Semipalmated Plover (left), Killdeer (right)

The Killdeer ran at, then flew to attack the Semipalmated Plover, forcing him to take flight, and then my little Plover was gone.

 

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