Baby Snowy Plovers at Bolsa Chica
- Hi all,
Yesterday morning, Glenn and I went to Bolsa Chica to look for the Gull-billed Terns. We
dipped, but did see several tiny Snowy Plover chicks (and their parents) running around in the
fenced-off area behind the footbridge. A couple of pairs of Least Terns were also starting
their courtship rites (feeding each other) in the area.
I've posted a photo of one of the little chicks on the link below.
Costa Mesa, CA
- Nature is never nice and tidy.
Although the presence of Gull-billed Terns in Orange County is an unusual
event, it may have some unwelcome side effects. This species is known to
feed on the eggs and young of other bird species, although most reports
indicate it is an insect specialist. See:
Thus, potentially, the young of Snowy Plovers and possibly Least Tern may be
food items for this species.
Dana Point, CA