There is still a lot to learn about the lives of Piping Plovers during their winter migration. These delicate shorebirds can fly as far as the Gulf of Mexico before returning to the North Atlantic coast. With development and disappearing habitat, we can only imagine the effort these winged visitors expend to come home to this safe sandy spot on Fishers Island.

Although these two Piping Plovers are not banded, I’m grateful to see the “same pair” return after several years of monitoring.

*site fidelity

From the Field, Video Snippet, Justine Kibbe, April 6, 2019