SCCF staff and volunteers have been busy monitoring our beaches for nesting shorebirds.
Currently there are four active snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) nests—and more are expected. Recently, several more snowy plovers have arrived, possibly seeking new nesting locations after failing on other nesting beaches in the region. On Monday, monitors observed the snowy plover female pictured here incubating her nest.
At this time, there are no least terns (Sternula antillarum) nesting on the island, but they have been seen at several locations foraging and exhibiting courtship behaviors. Additionally, there is one Wilson’s plover (Charadrius wilsonia) nest.