“That’s a long time for such a fragile bird, which is why we stress the importance of giving them space to forage and grow,” says SCCF Shorebird Intern Aaron White.
There also is a Wilson’s plover (Charadrius wilsonia) brood on the West End that still has all three chicks. They are four weeks old, and should soon be able to fly.
If you are observing territorial behavior among remaining broods, please maintain a safe distance of at least 100 feet. Giving them proper space is important so that they can return to their established territories and properly tend to their chicks. If you’re observing shorebirds in the presence of a predator, allow them plenty of space (especially laterally) so that they can retreat from the threat.
If you’re out on the beach and happen to find a new snowy plover nest, please leave it undisturbed and contact SCCF at (813) 756-8773. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns regarding our shorebirds.
Photos by Shorebird Intern Aaron White