[Ontbirds]Wasaga Beach Piping Plovers

Bruce Wilson wilsonbrucea at rogers.com
Mon Jun 23 08:33:39 EDT 2008


This was posted yesterday by Mary Little on the Simcoe Nature Board.



good news/bad news about Wasaga PIPLs
Posted on June 22, 2008 at 08:57:02 PM by 
<mailto:marylittle123 at yahoo.ca>mary little

Good news:
The second nest (nest B) of piping plovers started hatching today at 
noon. By 2pm: 3 of 4 eggs had hatched.

Bad news:
A terrible, freak storm hit Wasaga Beach at 5:30pm. Ten minutes of 
lightening, heavy rain and heavy large (quarter sized) hail. The 
beach was blanketed in hail. In places it was 6 inches deep. All 3 
chicks from the first brood (nest A) have perished. (One chick was 
predated by a merlin on Saturday.)

Outlook:
Although nest B sustained damage, it is possible that all the chicks 
may have survived. At 7pm 2 new hatchlings were seen sunning themselves.


Bruce Wilson
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Life Member    NMRA
Member    Scale 7 Group    Gauge 0 Guild     7mm NGA


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