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Baby Snowy Plovers at Bolsa Chica

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  • zapolingo
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , May 2 8:39 AM
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      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.

      Happy birding,

      Felicia Lee
      Costa Mesa, CA
      http://yellowrump.blogspot.com
    • OrCoRBA
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , May 2 8:52 AM
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        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:
        http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Wilson/v080n03/p0330-p0331.html

        Thus, potentially, the young of Snowy Plovers and possibly Least Tern may be
        food items for this species.

        Joel Weintraub
        Dana Point, CA
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