Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
7" (19 cm). Nearly identical to Semipalmated Plover, from which best distinguished by call. Black breast band usually wider in center; white eyebrow often more extensive, especially in male; bill slightly longer; webbing between toes less extensive.
A soft, 2-syllable tooip or tooeep with slightly rising inflection.
Breeds on sandy areas or grassy tundra with scattered low vegetation; in migration and winter occurs on mudflats, beaches, and shores of lakes, ponds, and rivers.
Breeds in Bering Strait area, western Alaska, and islands in eastern Canadian Arctic; also in northern Eurasia. Winters in Old World.
One of the most difficult to identify of the regularly occurring North American shorebirds. Were it not for this species' distinctive call notes, undoubtedly many individuals of this close relative of the Semipalmated Plover would go unnoticed, even in regions where it is known to occur regularly. This is a classic example of what taxonomists call a superspecies; some authorities actually believe that this and the Semipalmated Plover are conspecific.
4 buffy eggs, spotted with brown or black, placed in scrape lined with shell fragments, small stones, and bits of driftwood, usually on sand of beach above highwater mark.