Saturday, June 19, 2010

Friday, I made a quick trip down to Jekyll Point to check on the Wilson’s Plovers. The female plover was just passed the path out to the beach. She was standing at the edge of a clump of beach grass. I looked around her & hidden behind her were two chicks. They were running around catching insects. She gave one little “wheet” and they ran for cover under a sea rocket plant. The adult male was there and to insure their safety. Sea rocket is one of the common beach plants. It has broad succulent leaves, which are perfect little hiding place for the flightless chicks. Those leaves make great umbrellas to shield the chicks from the hot sun. As soon as the all clear whistle was called the chicks once again started racing around. Man those babies can run.

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