black band across white breast; brown cap (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-18)

Common Ringed Plover
Charadrius hiaticula

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: Europe's counterpart of North America's Semipalmated Plover; slighty larger than Europe's otherwise similar Little Ringed Plover, but in flight shows a white stripe out the wing that the LIttle Ringed Plover lacks; found mostly on sandy or shingy marine shorelines.

black and white bands across nape (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-18)

pair of birds; no sexual dimorphism (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-18)

flock; note the yellow legs (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-18)