Tawas Point – Piping Plover – Bling

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Birds | 9 Comments

” The Federal endangered piping plover occasionally breeds at the park. Tawas Point has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an “Important Bird Area”. “
” Recovery actions in Michigan, aided by many volunteers, has helped the plover population to steadily increase. “

After reading of this years Piping Plover nesting results at Tawas Point State Park, I made a quick one night trip to the park. The adult plovers & chicks have left the desinating protected area where the nest was, expanding their territory out into the public beach area allowing for great photo ops.

The parents are all decorated up with their banding bling!!
” Information on migration, mortality rates and range expansion are just some of the things that researchers learn from banding. “
Piping Plover
Piping Plover TPSP 7-7-14-1-2

Piping Plover TPSP 7-7-14-1-4

Piping Plover TPSP 7-7-14-1-3

Piping Plover TPSP 7-7-14-1

The parents were much less skitish than the chicks who usually stayed hidden in the dunes grass.
Piping Plover Chick
Piping Plover Chick TPSP 7-7-14-1

While walking the beach a hovering Meadowhawk Dragonfly caught my eye and then the lens.
ID correction – Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Dragonfly, thanks Cathy Carrol.Dragon Flight TPSP 7-7-14-1

Dragon Flight TPSP 7-7-14-1-2

A fun outing and enjoyable trip.


  1. Ben Robine
    July 9, 2014

    Great photos from Tawas. Thanks for the information on the Plover. Didn’t know about that bird. But at least it sounds that the population is trending in the right direction. Don’t know how you can manage to take photos of dragonflies that close in flight. I really need to go visit Tawas. Don’t ever get a chance to venture out that way with all the work the cottage takes.

    • mcbad84@wowway.com
      July 10, 2014

      Thanks Ben, cool birds! Surprising how interactive the pair is with people on the beach.

  2. Mary
    July 10, 2014

    Unbelievable shot of the dragonfly!!

    • mcbad84@wowway.com
      July 10, 2014

      Thanks, fun shot!

  3. Kelvin Pearce
    July 15, 2014

    Hi Willie.
    Great images of the Piping Plover. Do you have any info on where it was banded? The one I saw at Tawas last year was from Wasaga Beach Ontario.

    Hope you are well.

    • mcbad84@wowway.com
      July 15, 2014

      Hello Kelvin,
      Thanks, I did speak with a Michigan DNR guy about the Plovers but I did not ask about their banding location. You have me curious now, in the event of a return visit I will be sure to try and find out.

  4. Kelvin Pearce
    July 16, 2014

    Maybe email Sarah I think she co-ordinates all the banding data. Kelvin

    Sarah Saunders
    Conservation Biology Graduate Program


  5. Cathy Carroll
    December 24, 2016

    Hi Willie,
    I love these photos, especially that little baby plover. So cute! I’ve never seen a chick in real life. Um, your dragonfly is a Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens).

    • mcbad84@wowway.com
      December 26, 2016

      Thanks Cathy! Those cute chicks are fast! 🙂
      I’m Grateful for the ID correction!


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