Twelve-day-old Piping Plover Chick

This morning found all three chicks (hooray for three!) hungrily zooming around the symbolic enclosure, as well as outside the roped off area, and occasionally down to the water’s edge, but only for very brief moments. When the PiPl chicks get to the water they drink quickly before mom or dad calls them back up towards the wrack zone. Later in the morning they will journey over to the creek, where they can safely spend more time in the water drinking and feeding.

Zooming around the beach at top speed.

So this morning, five of the endangered nesting bird signs were either knocked over or mangled. Young adults lighting fires on a busy public beach is just plain dumb, but destroying the signs is just plain unkind. The Piping Plover monitor volunteers are so terrific and 99.99999999999 percent of the community are rooting for the Plovers; it’s just sad to see how a tiny minority can so negatively impact Plover recovery programs.

More food for thought–why do you think there was a Coyote spotted this morning on Nautilus Road in nearly exactly the same spot where there should be a trash barrel? Because of the disgusting pile of food and plastic garbage that sits there every night and well into the morning (or blows into the marsh and ocean), until the DPW arrives. The Coyote’s favorite meal is the the human garbage they have scavenged. Additionally this morning, I filmed super up close two crows alongside the Plover area and they were very expertly digging in the sand and un-burying food that had been buried there in the sand.

Mama Plover and twelve-day-old chicks.

Thankfully, Patti Amaral and the King family reset the signs and a full schedule of volunteers will be monitoring the PiPlover family again today. Thank you to all the volunteers and to our wonderful community for all you are doing to help the Piping Plovers survive our busiest of beaches.

Happy Fourth of July Glorious Beach Day!

Nesting Bird signs mangled overnight.

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  • Great community effort here once again for endangered feathered friends thank you for all the effort on this mission to protect them and their habitat! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

    We almost lost our great American bald eagles from DDT, now since banded!

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  • I applaud the work that is being done to try to keep the PiPl safe – birds have a way sometimes of nesting in the most inconvenient places. Also the restraint being shown toward the reckless and thoughtless behavior of humans. As a child and teenager, Good Harbour was a favorite beach and I like to think that I was raised to be considerate of all wildlife, particularly the precious baby birds. Thank you.

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    • When I was child we spent summers at my grandparents on Cape Cod and even back then we learned not to climb the dunes because of the fragile habitat. We moved to the Cape when I was in high school and my very, very favorite class, besides art classes, was about the life history and ecology of Cape Cod. Lessons learned that you never forget 🙂


  • Kim, we owe you a big “Thank you,” as well, for keeping attention on the nesting site and ongoing shenanigans of the reckless ones. I hope it’s just immaturity and not true maliciousness on their part. Keep up the good work!

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