A Loss and a Gain

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Flag Boy watching over three of his chicks this past weekend (photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

Flag Boy watching over three of his chicks this past weekend (photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

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 spotted on the beach. The high winds yesterday likely didn’t help, either. Despite his reputation as a very attentive father, Flag Boy was attempting to raise the chicks on his own as his mate hasn’t been seen since Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the odds were against them.

Although we are deeply saddened by this loss, there was a ray of hope this afternoon as a new nest was discovered at 7th Street N! Port Boy (M4) has finally managed to woo a female. This male was unable to secure a mate in Sauble Beach last year, so it is particularly exciting for him! His mate, Ms. Green Dot (F4), had to abandon Nest 3 when Mr. Lonely (M3) disappeared last week. The new nest, Nest 4, has already been protected with an exclosure and rope fencing, so now we wait for more eggs to be laid. Please send all your good thoughts to this couple for a successful nest!

Port Boy (photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

Port Boy (M4) (photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

 

Ms. Green Dot (F4) (photo by Linda and Stefan Waldmann)

Ms. Green Dot (F4) (photo by Linda and Stefan Waldmann)