PIPING PLOVER CHICK DAY THIRTY-SEVEN AND THIRTY-EIGHT AND NO PAPA PLOVER

Saturday through Sunday and still no sign of Papa. He has not been seen since Friday night. We can only surmise that he has departed of his own accord or been killed by a predator. Either way, it’s terribly worrisome for the chick, just one of its kind, at the city’s most popular of beaches. Little Chick hasn’t as of yet shown great flying skills, and only Friday, Papa was piping warning commands when predators approached.

Bonapartes Gull

The summer migration is underway and within this past week we’ve seen Bonarparte’s Gulls, Laughing Gulls, Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings, and Semipalmated Plovers at Good Harbor Beach.

Flock of Semipalmated Plovers at Good Harbor Beach

Little Chick has been foraging in close proximity to the Semipalmated Plovers, which are similar in size to Piping Plovers, only much darker. The SemiP know to fly away when the beach rake is near; Little Chick still only hunkers down deeper into the sand. His plumage works as both an advantage and disadvantage. He’s well camouflaged from predators, and too much so from well meaning beach goers.

Notice how much paler the Piping Plover (foreground) is in comparison to the Semipalmated Plover.

Little Chick tried to rest at the high tide line during yesterday’s blustery afternoon. He didn’t like the strong winds one bit and quickly changed his mind, taking shelter beneath the vegetation in the roped off area.

Thirty-seven-day old Piping Plover

6 comments

  • Saw the little guy today around 2 with no sign of Papa. My husband and i had to ask children not to chase him around, however, he seems to be flying ok when fleeing. Rooting for this little one!

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  • Talk about blending in with surroundings they can be very hard to see but that’s for a reason! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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  • Is there no way this little one cannot be helped? Could he be taken care of in a rehab situation, where he might possibly be with other plovers? At least he might get the chance to make it & survive, rather than be left alone to become prey.
    It may be ‘nature’, but this is his last chance.
    I know there are rehabilitators who will take birds in, & make sure they succeed. As it is, he’s a ‘sitting duck’ (plover) – for anyone & everything.

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    • Last summer, in mid-August, over a period of several days, small groups of PiPl arrived at GHB and stayed to forage. His greatest chance of survival I think is if he joins with these migrants.

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  • Here’s hoping that happens! This little guy just has to make it.

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