Plovers are migratory shorebirds. The name comes from the Latin pluvia meaning “rain.”
I’ve seen Golden Plovers:
and a few others including Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover and Semipalmated Plover.
By far the most common in our area is the Killdeer.
This morning at Humber Bay I saw several little shorebirds racing about on the river shore.
My first thought was Killdeer but they seemed so small.
That single ring around the neck suggested Semipalmated Plover but the feet are not semipalmated (partly-webbed).
These are juvenile Killdeers.
They would make a good stuffed toy!
I will identify it at the end of the post.
The white crescent on the head indicates a male Blue-winged Teal.
O to lie in the ripening grass
That gracefully bends to the winds that pass,
And to look aloft the oak-leaves through
Into the sky so deep, so blue! – William Roscoe Thayer (1859–1923)