Shorebirds Emerge after Wet Weather

Two Plovers display.

Two Plovers display.

A high pitched sound caught my attention Sunday morning along the shores of Guana Lake’s Six Mile boat ramp. After enduring four days of torrential rain, this morning brought blue skies and windy conditions to our coastal community and I knew that many birds would be taking advantage of the nicer weather.

Running back and forth in the choppy surf were two Plovers that I had almost missed due to their tan coloring which blended in to the sand of the shoreline perfectly.

Unlike other shorebirds with longer beaks that are used to probe for food, plovers rely on their keen eyesight as they dart around looking for small crustaceans and marine worms which make up most of their diet.

Ordinarily, watching plovers may not be too interesting, but add in what appeared as some territorial dancing, heads down and rumps up meant some serious dialog was going on and I wanted to see what happened next.

After a few seconds of their performing boogie-down, one plover flew away while the other scored the main dish.

 

Plover with a marine worm.

Plover with a marine worm.

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