We've had a very busy tourist season this year on the island and the beaches have been filled to the gills, so it was quite an enjoyable experience to do my Snowy Plover patrol this afternoon...and as such I am feeling grateful for those moments.
|We have several Snowy Plover nests on the island and this little mama is working hard at keeping her eggs shielded from the hot sun.|
|Another pair nearby was observed cooling off by the breaking waves.|
|A few groups of Sanderling were peaceful along the shore, resting from their earlier feeding frenzy.|
|A Snowy Egret in breeding plumage seemed to have quite a bit of yellow going on other than its yellow slippers and long lacy plumes.|
|Another little Snowy Plover mama, you can see her eggs on the edges.|
|This is how the beach looks like when it's not tourist season - what's not to love!|
|The Sanderling are quite comfortable and taking a little snooze.|
|Our banded Snowy Plover mama, this is her 7th year nesting on our beaches.|
|A tennis ball was within the enclosure and a crow came over to play with it as I watched with horror how close it was to the nesting Snowy Plover.|
|Oooof, the ball seemed to keep the Crow busy and focused on that ball.|
I wished they would find another place to hang out, unfortunately this is a public beach and we have quite a few folks bringing snacks and sharing their food with those predators - which brings them closer to the enclosure and putting the Snowy Plover nesting effort at risk and often times to their detriment. It's a tough world out there.