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Old 11-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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You try being a plover parent! | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

This year, we were extremely disappointed to discover a two-week-old plover brood—four chicks—abandoned by their parents. It is very unusual for adults to abandon their chicks. This sometimes happens when predators kill the parents, or severe disturbance drives the parents away from the nest. When adults or chicks are frightened by disturbances, they may be unable to access safe areas to feed, and can starve or face predators. The parents usually stay with chicks until about a week after the chicks can fly.
CUTE ALERT. A trail camera was placed near the chick shelter and captured photos of all four chicks drinking from the water bowls and using the shelter for shade. Credit: USFWS
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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I didn't check out the link yet, but the photo sure is cute.
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