Black-bellied Plover Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 19, 2014

I did some birding today along the Lake Michigan shoreline starting at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee heading south ending up at Myer’s Park in Racine. Overall quiet, with Myer’s Park being the hotspot with the 3 Black-bellied Plovers that have been reported. Other species present were Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers, a Sanderling, Least Sandpipers, few Caspian Terns and a Pectoral Sandpiper that took flight just as I entered the property. I hung around there for about 90 minutes, 4 hours later is the report of a Whimbrel by Jennifer! It was a beautiful day out birding with a light breeze, partly cloudy skies, and no rain. The Black-bellied Plovers keep their distance from you, not like some shorebirds that give nice closeup views. Images were taken on August 19, 2014.

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Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Binomial name: Pluvialis squatarola

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 11.5” long, 29” wing span

Weight: 8 Oz.

Habitat: Breeding habitat is lowlands on dry Arctic tundra. They spend their winters on beaches and estuarine mudflats. They sometimes are found in flooded fields, agricultural lands, meadows near coasts or inland waters.

Diet: On their breeding grounds, main food source is insects. Their wintering habitat provides worms, bivalves and crustaceans.

Nesting: They prefer a raised area for nesting for good visibility. Nest is a shallow depression made by the male and finished by the female as her job is lining it with pebbles, grass, twigs, lichens and moss. 3-4 eggs are usually laid, one brood per season, both parents incubate them. Within 12 hours, the chicks are usually able to forage and both parents care for them.

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover feeding

Black-bellied Plover feeding

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling looking up

Sanderling preening

Sanderling preening

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

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