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These newly hatched Snowy Plovers are about 2" in size...literally the size of 2 cotton balls. They are precocial meaning they are born in an advanced state and able to feed themselves almost immediately.This is a threatened species.
Sandy beaches: Longboat Key
The nest is a scrape in the sand. Usually three eggs are laid and the eggs & young are tended by both parents, until fledged.
Spotted on May 20, 2013
Submitted on May 23, 2013
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Thanks Maura...I see you like baby birds :)
So adorable! It's a cotton ball with legs!!!
Probably because of where you live..they're usually found near salt or brackish water. Here's a link for you to read:
never heard of snowy plovers
Thanks isabella & Nayeli
What a beautiful pic!
Thanks Mona & gatorfellows!
Nice series :)
Wow... I love this series.
Thanks spadyspecies & uetech!
Thanks Jennifer...they are precious to me. I work as a volunteer through Audubon helping to protect these wee chicks.
Its all legs and fluff bless it! :-)