Bird #160 — Black-bellied Plover

pluvialis (rain) squatarola (the gray plover)

Monday, May 26, 1980 — 5:45 pm

Bay Park, Michigan — just south of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

Ken and Linda gave their guests (us and the Weddles) a tour of the environs.  We drove north from Tuscola, where Ken had a church at the time.  We passed through farmland until we got close to the shore of Lake Huron.

Within half a mile of the lake, we saw a large flock of birds milling around behind a tractor that was plowing a large dirt field.  Ken pulled over, and we got out our binoculars.  Among the mixed flock of Ring-billed Gulls and Killdeers and shorebirds, I discovered two lifers.  The Black-bellied Plovers were beautiful, with a striking black and white pattern.  They appeared to be picking at insects that were stirred up by the tractor.

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