Black-Bellied Plover

Black-Bellied Plover, Cape May, NJ

Look at this cutie pie! Another bird I had not heard of prior to this summer. The bird above still has some black on it’s belly, but likely diminished by the time of this post. During breeding, the face, throat & chest become black. In winter, they become pretty plain & lose the black belly as seen in the pic below.

Black-Bellied Plover

As a new bird watcher, I was preparing for a very dull and boring autumn. But with migration, there are so many birds passing through different areas, it’s more exciting than expected! The challenge has been determining what I am looking at. I spend a lot more time looking up fall bird images & descriptions to verify.

Black-Bellied Plover, Cape May, NJ

As life goes on and my tastes for about everything changes, I have also learned to appreciate the more muted tones of birds in fall and winter.

Black-Bellied Plover, Cape May, NJ
Black-Bellied Plover

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” Genesis 1:20

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