Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Status in the Checklist Area - (7) Accidental

This small plover appears in good numbers along the coast during migration but is accidental in our area. As is typical for most of our shorebirds, breeds in the arctic tundra and winters to the south. Semipalmated Plovers winter as far south as Argentina and are a rare wintering species in B.C. Most of our records are during fall migration with single winter and spring sightings.

Similar species:
Looks like a miniture Killdeer in some respects but is smaller, shorter billed and has a single black breastband.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Sibley, D. 2000

Noteworthy Data
May 14, 2013 Annis Road, Chilliwack    
September 11, 2012 Campbell Road, Abbotsford D. Beeke 2012b A single bird on a turf farm in Sumas Prairie.
September 21, 2011 Eagle Point Community Park, Harrison Mills C. McDonald 2011d A lone bird among Killdeer out on the flats.
August 22, 2011 Whelpton Road, Agassiz K. R. Jones 2011a Three juveniles in a small wet area in a field. Possibly the same birds as August 16, 2011.
August 15, 2011 Whelpton Road, Agassiz K. R. Jones 2011b
C. McDonald 2011e
A single juvenile seen on August 16, 2011 (C. McDonald 2011) with three seen the next morning (K.R. Jones 2011)
November 26, 2010 Limbert Road, Agassiz M. Brown 2010a A pair of birds along a backwater of the Fraser River. Only winter record for the species in the checklist area.
August 31, 2008 Sinclair Road, Chilliwack G. Gadsden 2008f Adult bird in a small pond with other shorebird species.
May 10, 2008 Sinclair Road, Chilliwack G. Gadsden 2008e An adult in a small pond with other shorebirds. Only spring record for the checklist area to date.
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