As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Western Snowy Plover, The Threatened Bird, Nesting At The Beaches In Los Angeles Area

partha das
May 10, 2017 03:23 AM EDT

The beaches along Los Angeles area discover the presence of the threatened bird western snowy plover. A rare incident that takes place first time in nearly seven decades. reported that nests of the rare shorebird, western snowy plover, were discovered last month at some popular beaches in the U.S. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nests of these small birds were noticed at Santa Monica Beach, Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The presence of this shorebird was also observed at the Dockweiler State Beach.

Biologists have already taken initiatives to protect this rare western snowy plover bird. Chris Dellith, a famous biologist, utters significantly about the comeback these rare birds. It is a real fact that this shorebird is trying to build their nests against all odds. Dellith opines that cooperation from the beachgoers is essential to provide sufficient space to this snowy plovers.

Proper cooperation and space can help the western snowy plovers to build their nest safely and to raise their young. This rare subspecies of the snowy plover mainly use the county beaches of Los Angeles for roosting in winter. Reports say the active nest of this threatened bird was last seen in 1949 at the Manhattan Beach.

The western snowy plovers choose coastal beaches, gravel bars, dry salt ponds as their best destination to nest. These shorebirds always prefer a wide area of beach that must be flat and open for resting, Aquarium Of The Pacific stated. The flat and open areas help them to locate the approaching of the potential predators. These threatened birds reach maturity just one year after the hatching and their nesting season are from the early March to the late September.

 The western snowy plover is a 6-inch shorebird that has dark patches on the back. Rapid loss of habitat, the growth of human population and the increasing trend of predation have reduced the number of this threatened bird. They were already listed under the important Endangered Species Act in 1993.

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