MEET THE GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVER BABY CHICKS!
Monday Day One: Judging from when the nest was first spotted, I had a feeling the Plovers were going to hatch Monday. The morning was drizzly and foggy and it was difficult to see into the nest but there appeared to be more activity than usual. By the time I returned later in the afternoon it was a wonder and joy to see all three Plovers had hatched!
Unlike songbirds, the Piping Plover chicks leave the nest almost immediately. They are not fed by the adults and begin to forage for insects in the sand soon after hatching. Although only hours old, they can run, and run they do, looking mostly like jet propelled cotton balls.
The chicks snuggle under Dad. Both Mom and Dad take turns guarding the nestlings, in thirty minute intervals, just as they did when on the nest waiting for the babies to hatch.
Tuesday Day Two:
Nature’s camouflage in hues of sand and dune.
Mom and chick, all three survive day number two!
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Wednesday Day Three:
The cordoned off area at Good Harbor has not been raked since the Plover nesting site was established, which has created small tumbles of dried grass and seaweed. This natural debris creates the ideal insect habitat. Insects are the primary food of the Piping Plover chicks.
Thursday Day Four: