Photo of the Day: Piping Plover Chick

by John Briggs on July 31, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

Piping Plover chick - Charadrius melodus

Piping Plover chick - Charadrius melodus | Goose Rocks Beach - Kennebunk, Maine | Click thumbnail for larger view

Sharon and I took a ride to Goose Rocks Beach this morning to check on the fall shorebird migration. The tide was falling and most of the birds were out on the mud flats feeding. Closer to the beach area, we saw a family of Piping Plovers; an adult female and 3 chicks. Sharon and I took cover near some large rocks, and with the use of my long lens, I took several photos of the chicks without disturbing them. I will post more photos in a few days.

Other species seen this morning;

Location: Goose Rocks Beach – Kennebunk, Maine
Observation date: 7/31/10
Notes: Clear skies, Temp 52°F, light winds from the NW.
Number of species: 14

Canada Goose 4
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 4
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 45
Piping Plover 8 | 5 adults, 3 chicks
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet (Eastern) 14
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 100
Least Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 9
Least Tern 11 | 2 juveniles
Common Tern 3

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

Happy birding!



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