Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Mountain Plover - Charadrius montanus
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General Comments This Western shorebird had been recorded in Virginia as early as 1976, and it was seen and photographed in South Carolina in 2007. Thus, a record for North Carolina was well overdue, and finally that record came during a shorebird survey in early 2016 on the remote Core Banks, at the south side of Ophelia Inlet (Carteret). Many birders saw the plover from 26 Jan - 27 Feb 2016* [Chat 80:83 link], [Chat 82:54-55 link]. The record has been reviewed and accepted by the NC BRC, adding the species to the Definitive List. Numerous photos can be found on the Carolina Bird Club photo gallery.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G3
Coastal Plain One record (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2018-06-09], LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2016-12-25]
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