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2009-05-19 16:56:24

Bird watchers are migrating thousands of miles to Florida for a chance to see an Asian bird that has shown up in a Jacksonville park. Volunteers doing a census in Huguenot Memorial Park spotted the greater sand plover last week, The Orlando Sentinel reports. The species breeds in Turkey and central Asia and winters on Mediterranean and Indian Ocean beaches. A greater sand plover was spotted in California in 2001, the first time it was reported in the Americas. Reports of the Florida bird have...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Anonymous OLD ORCHARD BEACH - State wildlife officials are looking to step up efforts to protect the threatened piping plover by expanding "essential habitat" zones for the shorebirds in Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford. The designation would give officials some control over nearby activities and restrict access to areas where the birds have established nests. More protection is badly needed because piping plovers have endured another year of little breeding success in the state,...

2008-07-03 15:00:21

By Donita Naylor NARRAGANSETT -- Can you keep the fireworks down, please? The babies are sleeping. For about the third time in nearly 30 years, the Dunes Club near the Narrow River Inlet is postponing its annual Fourth of July fireworks until two federally protected piping plover chicks are old enough to survive the apocalypse. Or so it may seem to plovers, ruled so sensitive that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown every summer for the...

Latest Charadrius Reference Libraries

2009-04-07 14:43:48

The Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus) is a species of wading bird that is fairly common in southern New Zealand. It is not often seen in northern New Zealand. Its habitat is beaches, mud flats, grasslands and bare ground. It is also known as the Banded Dotterel in New Zealand. There are two subspecies: the nominate Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus breeding in New Zealand and the Chatham Islands and Charadrius bicinctus exilis breeding in the Auckland Islands. The northern...

2009-02-27 15:59:57

The Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian Dotterel, is a species of plover native to southern and central Australia. Its habitat is open, arid country, and distribution of the species is bound to regions with equal rainfall (mostly about 4 inches of precipitation annually). The adult is 7.5 to 9 inches in length with a 17 to 18.5 inch wingspan. It weighs about 2.8 ounces. The upperparts are beige, mottled with dark brown. The face is pale but marked by a...

2009-02-27 15:51:49

The Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) is a species of ground bird found in the high plains of North America from southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan to northern New Mexico and the Texas panhandle. There is an isolated population that occurs in the Davis Mountains of western Texas. Most of the population winters in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California. The winter range also extends along the U.S.-Mexican border, mostly on the Mexican side. The Mountain Plover...

2009-02-27 15:47:59

The Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) is a species of wading bird that breeds on open grassland in central Asia. It is most common to the north and east of the Caspian Sea. It is a migratory species and winters in east Africa, normally on grassland or cultivated lands. It is a striking bird that is slightly larger than the Ringed Plover. It is slimmer and longer-legged than Sand Plovers. It has a strong white eye stripe, and a long thin bill. The summer male has a gray-brown back and...

2009-02-27 15:43:32

The Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) is a species of wading bird found in the Himalayas and infrequently across the bare coastal plains of northeastern Siberia. It has also been found in Alaska. It is migratory and winters on sandy beaches in East Africa, south Asia and Australia. There are five races of Lesser Sand Plover. In the eastern part of its range, this species is commonly accepted as the Mongolian Plover. Though the official British Ornithologists' Union spelling is Lesser...

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