Piping plover chicks hatch at Gordons Pond

Piping plover chicks hatch at Gordons Pond 

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The towers at Gordon’s Pond access where the beach is closed in Cape Henlpen State Park

From DNREC …. LEWES (June 18, 2013) – On June 12, four piping plover chicks hatched from the sole nest this year at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park. Both adults were seen with the chicks that afternoon.

Over at the Point, three pairs of plovers have set up foraging territories along the bayside with their chicks, and have been observed going back into the dunes for shelter and rest. The chicks at the Point hatched June 8 and 9.

“At this early stage of a plover chick’s life they are still very vulnerable to hypothermia, especially in the recent drenching downpours,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey. “Consequently, we are very careful not to disturb the broods and only observe them from afar.  We don’t have full counts of the chicks, but full counts will emerge as things progress.”

In other beachnester bird news, least terns are still defending an area near the tip of the Point, and two nests with eggs have been found and are being tended.

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For more information on beachnesting birds and monitoring efforts, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email matthew.bailey@state.de.us.

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I will see what I can find out about when the area will open back up for surf fishing drive on access.  I know everyone’s feelings on beach closings for birds, good, bad, and indifferent, but they are an important part of an ecosystem that has been effected by human’s treatment of the environment.  The point will not open until September as always.  The oyster catcher nest that was on the northern beach of DSSP at the walk on beach (surfers beach) has been successfully moved so the dredging can be done to replenish the beaches.  Makes one wonder why we don’t move the other nests for the drive on beaches.  (I know that question just popped in your head as well as mine).  This is an age old argument on many of America’s Eastern shore beaches.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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