Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Piping Plover Distraction Display (Video)

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[We've been seeing Piping Plovers perform distraction displays in front of American Crows at the Cape May Meadows for several weeks now, luring them away from chicks or eggs. This one occurred last Saturday night. In this case, a happy ending was guaranteed - two crows were on top of a plover cage with an active nest containing eggs still inside, but the plover parent didn't know its eggs were safe. A Least Tern mobbing the crows is making the sharp squeaks heard in the background. Digi-scoped video by Don Freiday.]