Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Seven piping plover chicks seen on the Point at Cape Henlopen
LEWES (June 1, 2012) – Two pairs of piping plovers nesting on the Point at Cape Henlopen hatched chicks earlier this week. One pair has been seen with four chicks and the other with three, with plover monitors keeping an eye out for a fourth. Both broods have moved away from the nest site, angling toward the shoreline to feed.
Two other plover pairs on the Point are continuing to incubate their eggs. Monitors are watching the nests for signs of hatching, as well as keeping a lookout for two pairs to renest due to loss of their nests last week.
Over at Gordons Pond, a pair of plovers have been seen making nest scrapes and defending their territory; they are expected to nest soon.
In other beachnester bird news, two pairs of American oystercatchers continue to be seen at the Point plus a third pair at Gordon’s Pond, but there is still no sign of eggs. Least terns have been seen regularly, but they are still not demonstrating breeding behavior.
For more information on beachnesting birds and monitoring efforts, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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