More New Arrivals – Day 98

More new arrivals to our Cape Cod shores!

Even on the cloudiest of days, these Piping Plovers…

Come with their own special blend of sunshine…

And sheer cuteness.

Welcome, welcome, Little Ones.

Be safe, be well.  ❤


The Return of the Piping Plovers – Day 88 (Pt. II)

Well GUESS who’s back in Town!

Someone reminded me that the Piping Plovers were due in any day now, so I headed to Red River Beach for an early peek.

Sure enough, there they were; apparently coming in on the same flight as this adorable Sanderling.  😉

It was glorious to see them again, scootling along the sandy shoreline.

I missed them all winter, thinking so often of those adorable little faces, and what amazing parents they are.

And now, we settle in as they settle, hoping for another good year as they raise a new family.

But there’s plenty of time for all that later.

For right now… ‘Night, night, weary ones.

Welcome home.  ❤ ❤

Won’t You Miss Me??

I sure am going to miss these Piping Plovers, when they’re all grown and flown.

The tiniest birds, with the huge personalities.

It’s been an amazing experience, documenting them this season.

May they all fly high and well, in their lives ahead.

And come visit us again, real soon.  ❤

Catching Up with the Piping Plovers of Forest Beach

Now that the Piping Plovers at Red River Beach have all fledged, I’ve been sifting thru’ a month’s worth of photos from my trips to the other local nesting areas.

The Forest Beach chicks appear to be a couple of weeks behind the Red River brood, and I was thrilled to capture this tender moment when a young chick who’d been scuttling all over the beach in search of aquatic bugs…

Suddenly needed the familiar comfort and warmth of the parent plover.

In the quickest of moves, under those soft white breast feathers he crawled…

Disappearing completely from sight.

Having watched these families for weeks now I can usually tell when one of the adults, nestled down in the sand, is tending to a chick. There’s a certain “plumpness” and stillness to them that you begin to recognize.

And then, if you watch closely, after just a few minutes…

The tiny chick is usually up, and ready once again to rock and roll!

The chicks grow quickly and won’t always need their parents in this same physical way.

Which is what I find makes these tender, early moments shared between them, so incredibly precious.

Aren’t Piping Plover families the best?!  ❤


I was delighted to see the baby Pips again yesterday.

Tiny cotton ball puffs scoottling along the sand, with a watchful parent close by.

I think it’s their size that surprised me the most about these Plover hatchlings.

I knew they were small, but we’re talking small here!

And truly vulnerable.

These tiny rascals roll out of their nests within hours of hatching, and begin to forage for themselves almost immediately.

Surprisingly enough, although they are incubated by both parents it’s actually the female who leaves the babies first.

While Papa Piper sticks close, giving the young’uns peep-lo pointers, and warmth, along the way as they develop and eventually learn to fly.

But the odds are against them making it all the way to adulthood.

Even if they make it by the hatchling stage.

Natural predators abound, yes. But it’s human activity on beaches this time of year that is the biggest threat. Think frisbees, dogs running loose, heavy foot stomping, general noise levels;  the adults abandon the eggs, eggs get damaged, etc.

Sadly, Piping Plovers now have a conservation status of, “threatened”.

I am hoping that sharing my photos of them will help make a difference.

So that maybe others will fall in love with them, too.

And we can all pull for them, watch out for them.

Together.   ❤

A Little Hope for Piping Plovers

The only thing I know that’s cuter than a Piping Plover…

Is a BABY Piping Plover.

So tiny they are, so vulnerable.

So full of promise.

Their parents work hard to give them every chance they need, to LIVE.

And become big Piping Plovers, like them. And have MORE Piping Plovers, and keep this very special bird alive and well.

I am relatively new to their story, which is why I am sharing them.

So that you might care about them, too.

They are in need of our collective help.

And they are getting it, here on Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and many other places.

I am pulling for them for sure.

Aren’t you??    ❤