SCCF staff and volunteers spent the busy holiday weekend watching over beach-nesting birds. Some nesting enclosures were expanded to provide an additional safety buffer.
There were large crowds of people, though no violations were observed, and the islands’ four snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) nests survived the weekend.
Other shorebird updates:
The 2020 Sanibel snowy plover fledgling “White/Black,” pictured above, spent the winter on Outback Key near Fort DeSoto then returned to Sanibel for several weeks. It seemed as though he had found a mate and might nest, when he suddenly appeared on Outback Key again on May 23.
“We were even more surprised when he arrived back on Sanibel the following day,” said Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht. “Since then, he has been seen at Bowman’s Beach, the East End of Sanibel, and Fort Myers Beach.”