These Piping Plovers have pink flags on their upper right legs, labeled 47 and OJ. Aija and Ed saw 47 just one day in the protected bird area on North Beach. OJ has been seen the past three days at low tide on North Beach.Here’s what we’ve learned about these celebrities from Matt Jeffery, Deputy Director & Director for the Caribbean International Alliances Program, National Audubon Society, Washington D.C.
OJ was hanging out in Maine for the breeding season, and reported on 23-May-16 on Fortune’s Rocks Beach, Maine; 20-Jun-16, Parsons Beach, Kennebunk, Maine – reported to be female nesting. Unfortunately, her nesting attempt was unsuccessful; 8-Jul-16, Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine, in a flock of about 20 other Piping Plovers.
Hopefully she may be seen on the Joulter Cays this October when the area is surveyed.
Pink Flag (47) was banded 5-Feb-2015 in the Berry Islands, The Bahamas at a place called Ambergris Cay just south of Great Harbor Cay. This area is the second most important site in The Bahamas for Piping Plover with approximately 7% of the Atlantic breeding population there each winter. The banding team included, National Audubon, Bahamas National Trust, Virginia Tech and USFWS. Currently Audubon is working with BNT and the Government of the Bahamas to make the area a new protected area for birds and marine life.
#47 has also been reported: 7/3/2015 Elizabeth A. Morton NWR, NY; 7/16/2015 – South Point Ocracoke. Cape Hatteras NS in North Carolina by Virginia Tech shorebird team; 5/10/2016 – Wade’s Beach Shelter Island, NY; 29-May-16 – Otis Pike Wilderness Area, Long Island NY.
You can keep track of the migrating birds associated with The Bahamas Shorebird Conservation Initiative by “liking” their Facebook page:
- Leaving no trace. Remove all trash and recycle whenever possible.
- Disposing of fishing line properly.
- Obeying our local laws regarding dogs.
- Respecting protected areas and signs.