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Last summer I was one of the many Presqu'ile Piping Plovers monitors. Since the 3 chicks left I wanted to know if they survived their first trip to Florida. I knew looking for them on social media would be a long shot, but it turned out more successful than I expected.
Hours of social media detective work, bringing awareness of our search to dedicated Floridians & LOTS of luck, made this search successful!
We found the mother in December and today it has been confirmed that 238, a Presqu'ile fletched Piping Plover is wintering in North Captiva, FL.
This is a good sign for the return of the Piping Plover on Presqu'ile Beach.
A BIG Thank You to all the volunteers dedicated to finding banded birds in Florida!
Photos David Jones, March 16, 2016 North Captiva, Florida.
A reminder: after a 100 years hiatus, in the summer of 2016, Piping Plovers nested at Presqu'ile Beach and the 3 chicks fledged around Aug. 15th.
An update: the mother, 064, was seen the first week of November at Three Rooker Bar Preserve near Florida.
As Brighton has many "snowbirds", when you see a banded Piping Plover down south, please take a picture of their legs, you never know if it is one of Presqu'ile's Piping Plovers. It would warm the hearts of many people who stayed behind with the Snowy Owl.
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