[Tweeters] Semipalmated Plover Behavior

Marv Breece marvbreece at q.com
Sun Jan 10 16:22:42 PST 2021

Here's a video of a Semipalmated Plover foot-quivering.


Marv Breece
Tukwila, WA
marvbreece at q.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Harrington" <gregtheteacher at gmail.com>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 2:11:23 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Semipalmated Plover Behavior


About a month ago I was out at the coast watching some Semipalmated Plovers feeding in the tidal zone. It was really cold and I noticed one bird’s leg shaking — and being rather cold myself I assumed at first it was shivering. Looking over at another one I saw it doing the same thing — and I wondered at that point if it was shaking its leg a part of a probing/feeding behavior. I have not really found any info about this, but it makes sense since their bills are too short to probe the mud it makes sense to me that they’d have an alternative means for sensing or finding snacks.

If anyone has any insights or has seen similar behavior I’d enjoy hearing more.

In terms of an early Spring — I have a coneflower plant that is putting out a bloom which is astonishing since it is about 5 months too early!

Happy Birding,
Greg Harrington
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