ONLY ONE CHICK SEEN THIS MORNING (*EDITED RE DOGS ON THE BEACH)

Our one remaining Piping Plover chick spent the early morning in the vegetation at the edge of the dune.

Perhaps we lost the third chick to the tremendous deluge late yesterday that happened not once, but twice. Or perhaps to the crows. When I arrived at the sanctuary this morning there was a tremendous kerfuffle underway between two crows and both adults. As the crows were departing, after being vigorously chased away by the PiPl parents, I couldn’t see clearly whether or not they were carrying off a chick. Or perhaps, none of the above. There was an unleashed puppy on the beach, but after speaking with the woman, she and her dog departed. The PiPl were up by the sanctuary at that time so I am sure it wasn’t because of the puppy. I hope with all my heart we can don’t loose the one remaining chick.

*Comment added from my Facebook friend Susanne: Thank you to all for your kindness re the baby plovers. Yesterday after the downpour, I went to Good Harbor. No life guards and it was relatively quiet. There were three groups of people with dogs and two dogs were unleashed, One unleashed dog was near the piping plovers and too far from me to catch easily. I talked to two of the other dog owners. One said they didn’t know the rules and thanked me. The other said her dog is very old and this may be the last time she ever gets to walk on a beach. I love dogs and hope people have a lovely time on our beautiful beaches. I also wish they cared more about following our beach rules, which are common sense and about caring for others

The adults and chick were acting oddly this morning, not wanting to venture too far from the symbolically roped off area. Papa Plover spent a great deal of time perched on the party rock and surveying the family’s territory (not usual behavior), and got into several times with the Interloper.

Thank you so much to all our volunteers who are trying their best to help keep these beautiful protected birds safe.

Today’s Good Harbor Beach sunrise

5 comments

  • That is very sad.

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  • Karen Pischke BSN, RN

    Great photos Kim! You and your group of volunteers have made a valiant effort to keep the chicks alive. I wonder how the plovers at Crane’s Beach are doing. Do they have the same kinds of human assistance/protection? So many potential obstacles for them to surmount.

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  • Dawn Marie Burnham

    Thanks for the updates and all the care & protection of our endangered beach friends. It’s a great service your doing. I live close by & think we need BIGGER signs so people can’t miss them. About the birds, trash policy and water conditions at both entrances. Just saying 😊

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  • VERY sad. Without a 24/7 vigil, let’s hope this one little plover makes it.

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  • What a beautiful shot and post follow your heart and continue to speak out – it is evident that you also have much empathy for all animals! I always remember what I was told about leadership many moons ago there would be no leaders if there were not any followers! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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