Happy Canada Day Weekend!

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Uncategorised, Updates from the Beach

Canada Day is upon us, and we can’t wait to celebrate in Sauble Beach! We are anticipating a very busy long weekend coming up, and will have volunteer coverage throughout. If you’re visiting Sauble Beach, please keep in mind a few things to reduce disturbance to the Piping Plovers: Respect posted areas, even if you don’t see birds inside them. Birds, …

Update from Sauble Beach, June 28

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Uncategorised, Updates from the Beach

We’re grateful for the relatively quiet week we’ve had at Sauble Beach! After the ups and downs we’ve experienced this month, there are still two nests, both of which are being incubated. Fortunately they seem to be in relatively dry locations, as there was a heavy rain on Sunday but the water seeped in quite quickly around both nesting areas. …

A second chance for M1 and F1

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Some more good news to share: Sauble’s 5th nest! M1 and F1, the pair whose first nest was washed out by high water on June 7/8, have re-nested just north of their previous location, between 4th and 5th St N. It is much further from the shore than their first nest (Nest 2), so it is more protected from wave action. The couple …

A Loss and a Gain

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Today brought a rollercoaster of emotions for Plover Lovers. First, the bad news. Flag Boy’s four chicks have not been seen since early yesterday morning, and he has not shown any sign of caring for young. It’s becoming clear that the chicks have been lost, although the cause is unknown. Gulls are likely to blame, but other predators have also been …

A Windy Day in Sauble Beach

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

After a gorgeous weekend, it’s a wild weather day in Sauble Beach. Although it’s hot off the beach, by the water the high winds are creating cooler conditions despite the sunshine. We could see rain or a thunderstorm later, and you can almost feel it in the air. This morning, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry collected the 4 eggs …

Chicks hatch from Nest 1

Jenna Skinner Uncategorised

It was an exciting afternoon on the beach as chicks from Nest 1 began to hatch! We have not yet confirmed how many hatched, but at least two fluffy chicks were seen at the nest. Once out of the egg, they are immediately mobile and active. This evening, one adventurous chick began exploring its new surroundings and wandering outside the …

Nest News from Sauble Beach

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

We are currently monitoring Nest 3, which is not being incubated by either parent today. On Tuesday, the female (F4) seemed to be caring for the nest on her own. She spent time incubating, then would leave the nest unattended for up to two hours at a time as the male did not arrive to relieve her. Based on volunteers’ …

Nest 2 Update

Jenna Skinner Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

On Tuesday night, Lake Huron’s high water level was pushed even higher by strong winds, resulting in big waves washing out the nest closest to the water’s edge – Nest 2. This is an unfortunate, but natural, event with shore-nesting birds and their biological response will be to re-nest at this still-early point in the breeding season. We will follow …