Sunday, August 5, 2012

Piping Plover chicks swimming!

Joel Stocker took this sensational record video of Piping Plover chicks swimming across the channel at Harkness Memorial State Park a couple weeks ago. Check it out at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcI-fCRQ5x0

They are basically nothing more than little white balls of fluff drifting in the water, but somehow they make it across under the direction of their parents. All of us, volunteers and staff, had been wondering how the hatchlings had been able to move around as much as they were when the channel was so high. While this was probably the only answer, it is nevertheless astonishing to actually see. We will have to watch for this little adventure and other trips by the chicks even more closely next season. They seem to be more adept at moving than we think.

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.

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