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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:
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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).
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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.
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Here are my photos, enjoy!
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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,

Henry
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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