May 29, 2018 – Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Breeding in northern Canada and Alaska, these plovers migrate through most of North America to the southern coasts of the United States and the coasts of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, running along the ground and stopping suddenly to peck at their prey. Nesting on the ground in shallow scrapes, usually on gravel or sand, both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.
April 16, 2018 – Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens)
These lapwings are found in the Andes from southwestern Colombia to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina. They eat insects and other invertebrates, including agricultural pests, hunting by sight and often foraging in groups. Laying their eggs mostly between October and December or sometimes in January or February, they nest in depressions on the ground lined with plant material.
March 14, 2018 – White-fronted Plover or White-fronted Sandplover (Charadrius marginatus)
These plovers are found along the sea coasts and inland shores of rivers and lakes in much of Africa. They eat a variety of insects and other invertebrates. Monogamous pairs defend the area around their nests, but will sometimes tolerate non-breeding birds in their territories. Laying their eggs on sand, the parents often partially cover them when forced to leave the nest unattended. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.
March 3, 2018 – Senegal Lapwing, Lesser Black-winged Lapwing, or Lesser Black-winged Plover (Vanellus lugubris)
These lapwings are found in dry open habitats in parts of central and eastern Africa. Migrating within the continent, they move seasonally or in relation to brush fires, favoring burnt grassland areas with new sprouts. They eat small invertebrates, including termites, beetles, and spiders, along with some grass seeds, usually foraging in small flocks. They nest in loose colonies in scrapes on burnt ground, bare patches, or plowed land. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, performing distraction displays to protect them from predators.
February 14, 2018 – Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
These plovers are widespread throughout much of Australia and New Zealand. Their diet is primarily made up of aquatic invertebrates, such as mollusks and small crabs, but also includes terrestrial insects, worms, and some seeds. Usually seen alone or in small groups, they forage along the edge of the water, bobbing their heads to hunt for prey items. They nest in scrapes on the ground in open fields, gravel pits, and river beds, usually near water. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.
December 16, 2017 – Malay Plover or Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii)
These plovers are found in parts of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Little is known about their diet, though they have been recorded feeding on Sand Bubbler Crabs. Spending much of their time in pairs, they breed on beaches and saltflats, laying their eggs in scrapes and caring for the eggs and chicks together. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to disturbance and development in their coastal habitats.
November 10, 2017 – Two-banded Plover, Banded Plover, or Beach Lark (Charadrius falklandicus)
These plovers are found in parts of Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Uruguay, and southern Brazil. Foraging near the edge of water, they eat small invertebrates, such as polychaete worms, mollusks, and crustaceans. They build their nests in shallow depressions in the ground, laying their eggs between September and January. The chicks can leave the nest at a young age, but parents continue to care for them for some time.