Nesting Piping Plover

Nesting Piping Plover

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy, Happy Anniversary! Who says that after forty-two years, I don’t still know how to show a girl a good time? Our first stop on today’s adventure was to da-dump-da-dump-da-dump-da-dump! Where we received very excellent Native American valet trash service. Our next stop was at the Dancing Crane Coffee Shop for a pair of Lattes and a bag of beans to go. From There, it is only an hour to Paradise, if we take the Curly Lewis Scenic Byway, along the shore of Gitche Gumee, oh baby, baby. From Paradise we continued north to Whitefish Point. Whitefish Point has a historic lighthouse and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Neither of which did we go into on this trip. Instead, we went birding. Even though it was very foggy out, the foghorn remained silent throughout our visit. The white lighthouse was difficult to see against the white fog. We first took a birding boardwalk into the sand dunes, but didn’t see any birds along it, just lots of mosquitos. I applied bug spray after that. The second birding boardwalk took us out onto the wide expanse of a beach and the very tip of Whitefish Point. Much of this area was fenced off from humans to protect the endangered Piping Plover, a kind of bird, who nests among the sand and small rocks. We had rounded the pointy tip of the point and still had not seen any pee-lovers, when I first saw these tiny birds scurrying about. I soon realized that they came in two sizes small and extra-small. The small ones were the adult Piping Plovers and the extra-small were this year’s hatchlings. A guy came up about then. He had on forest service attire and was lugging a big tripod and a huge scope. He was working for Seney, who has a parcel of land at the point. He confirmed that what we had just seen were the plovers. He pointed out the wire enclosures that had been placed around each nest for protection. These boxes made it really easy to find the birds and allowed me to get this photo. All-in-all, it was a very successful outing

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