Another update on our ringed plovers where we thought there was just one pair on Platte Saline that has already raised two chicks and laid a second clutch. However, recently we found a second pair on Platte Saline! This second pair had one nest of three eggs that unfortunately failed; it then tried again with a nest of two eggs that also failed. Whilst it is unfortunate that the second pair has failed twice it is still a positive sign that the colony is growing - this second pair is likely inexperienced and will hopefully be more experienced and successful next year. At least the first pair is still incubating its eggs well.
However, in better news for the plovers we have recently discovered that they not only breed on Platte Saline, but they have now expanded around the corner with two nests on Clonque Beach as well! This is very interesting as it shows our colony is really beginning to grow. It is even better as one pair of birds on Clonque already has two chicks that are close to fledging and the second pair has a nest of four eggs. This obviously means they are breeding well and we hope to find out more about this expansion through the remainder of the breeding season.
A new nest on Clonque of 4 eggs
Finding the chicks on the pebble beach can be very tricky!