Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Piping Plover Update!

This is just in from:

Matthew Bailey
Wildlife Biologist
DNREC: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Beach-nester Update April 27, 2010

We have our first piping plover nest of the season!  A one egg nest was found yesterday at Cape Henlopen State Park at the Point.  In addition to the pair that has nested, at least two other pairs have set up territories at the Point. For the past four seasons we’ve had our first piping plover nest show up between April 23 to May 1, so the timing this year is dead center.

There are two plover pairs with territories down at Gordons Pond, but they are still ranging around pretty widely with their scraping activity, so, it is difficult to predict where they might finally settle in.

One pair of American Oystercatchers has been exploring the interior of the Point, but, no scrapes have been found yet.  Another pair of oystercatchers have made a scrape at Fowlers Beach on Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, but no nest has been found yet.


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