Second chick hatches from Nest 5!

Jenna Skinner Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

 

Sauble Beach's remaining Piping Plover family prior to the hatch of the second chick today (photo by Jenna Skinner)

Sauble Beach’s remaining Piping Plover family prior to the hatch of the second chick today (photo by Jenna Skinner)

An unusual and incredible event happened at Sauble Beach today. To the disbelief of volunteers and beachgoers, the second chick from Nest 5 hatched, nearly 3 days after the first. Volunteers had been monitoring this nest constantly through daylight hours over the past few days, and no incubation was observed during that time (so perhaps they were incubating overnight). Most were certain that the egg was not viable and the MNRF was planning to collect it to be sent for analysis.

Around 3pm today, the male plover returned to the nest and sat on the remaining egg. This was odd, but we didn’t think much of it. You can imagine our shock when, at 3:30, our youngest (and most enthusiastic) volunteer Grace Dyer exclaimed that a newly hatched chick was in the nest! We couldn’t believe our eyes as we watched the adult race away from the nest with the cracked shell, as they always do with newly hatched eggs. We spent the rest of the day in awe of this amazing little family. The older sibling was seen checking in with the new addition over the next few hours, and one parent stayed close by to help it along. It hasn’t been observed walking yet and is taking some time to get up, but we have our fingers crossed for this miracle chick. What a day!