Mama PiPl stretching her wings before flight
Just a very brief update about the PiPl, more tomorrow–but to let you know, today was heaven on earth for the Plovers. All three were spotted feeding without interruption in the tide pools and in the nesting area. Mama and Papa are still spending some time at the parking lot nest, but not twelve hour shifts as has been the case. I think it will take a few calm days to get them back to the beach full time. And our awesome Officer Teagan was on the job today handing out tickets!
Helpful tip for watching and photographing the Piping Plovers: PiPl are not like Snowy Owls, which unlike our Hedwig, did not mind crowds. PiPl flush much more easily. While we are trying to help the PiPl return full time to the beach especially, if you come to GHB to see the PiPl, please stay a good distance back. The roped off area is much narrower than the past two years. Deeper is better, but because we have lost so much beach to erosion, the nesting area is as wide as possible, but not quite wide enough for the comfort and safety of the PiPl. Approach singularly, quietly, and slowly, stay a few moments and then retreat. Additionally, too much attention to the PiPl draws the crows and gulls as well.