Piping plovers are often difficult to see camouflaged on the sandy-coloured beach. When you do find them they can still be challenging to distinguish from a few other species.
A plover’s nest is called a “scrape”. They appear to be pretty laid-back parents. But there’s a lot more to their parenting approach.
Sadly, people and their activities are the greatest threat to piping plovers but harm to these birds can come from many other birds and animals.