Piping plover chicks are the cutest beings on the planet. Period. They define cuteness. I had the opportunity to ride out onto the beach with refuge biological staff this afternoon (Thursday 6/25) to see chicks and nests. This was supposed to have happened last week, but got rescheduled because of weather. This turned out to be a fortuitous rescheduling because I got to see some newly hatched chicks still in the "fluff ball on sticks" stage.
|Nice Shady Nest In The Beach Grass|
Some of the chicks I saw were close to 3 weeks old and I could see very clearly how much more defined their markings are starting to look. I'm not nearly experienced enough to tell the age of a chick by its feathers, but I was happy to be able to observe the differences.
|Camouflage-- See If You Can Find the Adult Piping Plover in this Photo|
|Nest Lined With Bits of Shell|
I enjoyed this experience tremendously. I can't believe how lucky I am to get to spend time with the cutest beings on the planet.
|There Are Two Adults And Three Chicks In This Picture|