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Piping Plover, Part 2!

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Today, the last day of my Memorial Day weekend in Michigan with my aunt Mary and uncle Mory, my uncle and I drove to Muskegon State Park again in hopes of getting more photos of the Piping Plovers nesting on the beach.

We saw a deer on the drive there:

Once we arrived, we found the nest of PIPING PLOVERS we had found on Saturday; however, we also found a second nest nearby due to the tip of a worker there. Thanks! The second nest had two adult birds and at least three speckled eggs (that I could see).

Then, we had an amazing photo shoot with foraging adult plovers on the beach. Here is my uncle Mory with his camera. The beach was absolutely beautiful.

Here are my photos, enjoy!

Bird-of-the-day goes to the beautifully cooperative Piping Plovers, a threatened species, as we saw a total of three adult birds and at least five eggs amongst the two nests. Very cool!

The full species list from Muskegon State Park is attached below.

Stay tuned, I am leading a bird walk at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve tomorrow!

Good birding,

World Life List: 885 Species (no recent life birds)

22 species (+2 other taxa)

Mute Swan 1 Flyover
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Piping Plover 3 One nest with 2 adults & at least 3 eggs; one nest with only 1 adult and at least 2 eggs.
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 9
Herring Gull 1
tern sp. 2 Probably Caspian.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Tree Swallow 1
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
swallow sp. 4
American Redstart 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1

Posted by skwclar 10:16 Archived in USA Tagged me landscapes beaches people trees animals birds sky

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Beautiful pictures of Piping Plover ( and deer and beach ). It looks like
that bird has a band on it's leg. Is that correct ? If so, who do you think put it there and for what purpose?

by Karen Walsh

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