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Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus


These are small plovers with a short bill and yellow-orange legs. It has brown upperparts with white below and a single, dark breast band. The breast band, sides of head, and forecrown are black in breeding adults, and brown in non-breeding adults and juveniles. There were 9 or 10 in this flock.


Spotted on the beach at Griffiths-Priday State Park. During migration and in winter, Semipalmated Plovers inhabit coastal mudflats and exposed sandy beaches.


On the coast, the plovers' diet consists of marine worms, crustaceans, and small mollusks. On breeding grounds and during migration inland, Semipalmated Plovers eat mostly insects.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 47.12, Long: -124.18

Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Dec 27, 2018

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