Semipalmated Plovers explained — sort of

Semiplamated plover   On a recent group bird walk in Harrier Meadow, we spotted some Semipalmated Plovers (as opposed to semipalmating some Spotted Plovers).
  This raised two basic questions: What the heck does "semipalmated" mean, and how do you pronounce "plover"?
  Click "Continue reading…"  for the surprising answers.


"Semipalmated" basically means "semi-webbed." (Thanks to Dave Hall of BCAS for explaining this at our "Birding for Beginners" course ) earlier this year. Link to the definition is here.
   And does "Plover" rhyme with "lover" or "Dover"?  The answer is yes. (It appears both are acceptable.) Here's a link.

  More on the bird itself here.

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