Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Piping Plover establishing territory Mlf Pt 30 March 11

A few videos of a group of five Piping Plover chasing each other as they establish territorial rights at Milford Point, 30 March 2011. Around noon on a mostly sunny day, just past high tide, about 40 degrees, windy.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

East Broadway Pipers 28 March




The East Broadway Piping Plover pair were at their usual location foraging on the wet sand, and they were showing off their foot-trembling expertise. First, a few still shots of the male, then a few videos demonstrating foot-trembling, the technique used to get the invertebrates moving.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Piping Plover Goosestepping 20 March 2011




The 2011 season begins with three shots of the new Piping Plovers (male, female, male) and a video of a Piping Plover goosestepping on the spit at Milford Point. Five 5 PPs were seen today: twwo male/female courting pairs and one single. Notice how fresh the plumage is and how striking the difference in bill color and collar definition between the male and female.

The first NE PPs for 2011 were sighted in RI around 3 March; subsequently PPs were seen at Stratford (Miley Bull and on the 6th) and Milford (on the 16th by Tom & Laura Z.)

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