Friday, May 19, 2017

Black-bellied Plover

The black-bellied plover, also known as the grey plover (Pluvialis squatarola) breeds in the Arctic regions, but winters in southern coastal areas. I spotted this black-bellied plover (from late April through August they have a black breast and belly; they molt to grey in fall and winter) a few days ago on the ocean beach.
This bird is the largest plover in North America, and its distinctive markings make for a striking sight on our beaches.

You can read more about the black-bellied plover here

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the entertaining story of Calvin Wilkerson and his Condomed Nautilus. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous4:32 PM

    are they thinking about closing down the beaches for this thing as well?

  2. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Lord Have Mercy the question is Why is the bird here! If it winters W I N T E R S in southern coastal regions-- this is not Winter MAY is not a winter month. The GLOBAL climate change is evident, UNintended consequences the poor bird's biological clock is responding. Regarding beach closings-- Who wants to go in the water at the beach anyway?? It is nice to look at but all the garbage that is dumped into the oceans, the oil spills, the flotsam and jetsam broken glass unseen - okay wear a pair of water shoes if you dare to enter the seas. I love to respond to a thoughtless comment. Bring it on. I am not A-Robot and I will verify it.

  3. Anonymous4:58 PM

    if it's rare here it's just gotta be protected for it's own good don't you know, more might be on the way and you just have to protect them....get those people off the dam filthy Ocracoke beaches it's for the the planet and all that (we can tell you love responding)..ha

  4. The black-bellied plover's Conservation Status is Least Concern. Sometimes a beach bird is just a beach bird, not a political controversy.

  5. Anonymous11:15 AM

    thank you. to US they were ALWAYS just nice beach birds doing what we are doing-hanging out on the beach. We will be on Ocracoke in 3 weeks to do the bird thing. Can't wait...andy yes, we will again be visiting the Village Craftman for some great gifts-can't wait for that either !