I headed south toward Chincoteague NWR to try for the Black-tailed Godwit. I arrived at 5:00 pm and found a new bird for the year, Great Egret, on my way to the Tom's Cove Visitor Center at the beach. I started looking for the flock of Marbled Godwits that the Black-tailed has been with behind the visitor center. There were at least seven American Oystercatchers putting on a great show. I found only a few, maybe 6 or 7 Marbled Godwits, a new bird for the year, and a very cooperative Piping Plover, also a new bird for the year. See photos. It is great to see Piping Plover so close and well. Piping Plover is a very rare bird in Ohio, seen only occasionally during spring and fall migration, usually along Lake Erie in the north of Ohio, but also a few times in the southeast during spring migration. There is a small population in Michigan along one of the lakes that contributes to the Ohio sightings during migration. A Piping Plover in Ohio deserves a long distance chase from this birder who lives in the southwest corner of Ohio in Cincinnati. This was really cool to see Piping Plover so close and well, because I do not get to the coast as often now that I live in the mid-west.
I am now home in Cincinnati as I write this blog entry.
An interesting piece of birding trivia, is that I found Wild Turkeys in the Cape Ann area on the road to Eastern Point near the same location that saw them in 2007. This year in 2013 they were gathered under a feeder in the front yard of one of the last houses before reaching the light house at Eastern Point.