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With beachnester bird breeding season off to an uneven start,
four piping plover nests confirmed on the Point at Cape Henlopen
LEWES (May 15, 2012) – Unseasonably warm weather in March and a wet, windy and cooler April made for an uneven start to beachnester bird breeding season. However, in May, piping plovers have gotten down to the business of nesting, with four nests spotted this week on the Point at Cape Henlopen, and a fifth pair possibly soon to nest. Things are progressing more slowly down at Gordons Pond, where one pair of plovers has been seen but has not yet set up territory.
In other beachnester bird news, at least two pairs of American oystercatchers have been seen at the Point and a third pair at Gordon’s Pond, but there is no sign of eggs despite a good number of nest scrapes. Least terns also have been spotted at Gordon’s Pond and at Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve, but they are not yet 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.Vol. 42, No. 181