Birds Living II by Richard Stade - RStade

Semipalmated Plover – Foraging

Charadrius semipalmatus

September – Nova Scotia

L=7.5” ...... WS=19” ...... WT=16 oz Order: Charadriiformes (Shorebirds, Gulls, Auks, Allies) Family:Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

The Semipalmated Plover is a common shorebird whose population appears to be increasing – unusual for a plover. Possible explanations for this increase is increased nesting sites in the subarctic due to habitat disturbances by humans and arctic geese, its widespread winter distribution (along the entire Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts of the United States and Mexico), and flexibility as regards food sources.