September 24, 2016 – Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Found in wetland habitats from northeast Canada east through northern Russia, these plovers migrate to Europe, Africa, the Caspian Sea, and Southwest Asia. Eating a variety of invertebrates, such as crustaceans and insects, they forage mostly by sight in open areas. They use “foot-trembling” to lure underground prey, tapping one foot quickly on the ground to simulate the vibrations from rain. Nesting in shallow scrapes lined with pebbles and plant material, pairs aggressively defend their territories. Both parents incubate the eggs.