Episode 19: Shorebirds (ft Allan Saylor)
Naturalist Allan talks about shorebirds and seabirds, their amazingly dangerous migration, and his adventures in getting pooped at.
Shorebirds? Seabirds? Allan is a fan! Here he is building an exclosure around a nest to keep out gulls, dogs, and more.
A characteristic “broken-wing” display used by many species of plovers. Good acting!
A Wilson’s Plover at her first chick of the season, standing (and teetering) not long after hatching. The precocial chick already looks like a fuzzy mini-plover.
It’s kind of tough to pick out where the plover is in this picture. They do a great job of keeping a low profile and blending in with the sparse, pebbly/sandy substrates they like to nest in.
A pair of Piping Plovers settling into a scrape! The male plover, on the left, has a darker band and brow, which is the case for all plovers.
A close up of the Piping Plover from our own Bob Gress.