A Windy Day in Sauble Beach

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

Flag Boy caring for his chicks (photo by Stefan Waldmann)

Flag Boy caring for his chicks (photo by Linda and Stefan Waldmann)

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 from Nest 3 and removed the exclosure, save a few posts that need to loosen from the sand. It has been decided that the eggs will not be sent to Guelph as the cause of their inviability is known (nest abandonment). The MNRF is researching where they might send the eggs. The perimeter fence has been left intact for the time being as Flag Boy (M2) and his chicks spent much of yesterday within it. Port Boy (M4) and Ms. Green Dot (F4) have also been spotted in that area, perhaps doing some courting after Ms. Green Dot had to abandon her nest at this location last week.

Ms. Green Dot (F4) had to abandon her nest last week as her mate disappeared. She has been spotted with Port Boy (M4) over the past few days (photo by Linda and Stefan Waldmann)

Ms. Green Dot (F4) had to abandon Nest 3 last week after her mate, Mr. Lonely (M3) disappeared. She has been spotted with Port Boy (M4) over the past few days (photo by Linda and Stefan Waldmann).

Our “Eyes on the Beach”, Don Kennedy, saw Flag Boy brooding chicks early this morning, although he could not count them as they were tucked in. The chicks have not been seen since, so volunteers are on the beach keeping a watch for them. With the high winds, it’s possible that they have hidden themselves in the sedges. Flag Boy has been foraging up and down the beach all morning but has yet to lead us to his chicks. We will keep you posted on their whereabouts!