It is a tremendous pleasure to inform you that Tufters is home. Maybe. Either way it was the thrill of the year to find a Piping Plover snoozing lazily at the old nesting grounds on LBI. I did a quick assessment and decided it was “not to tall” and a “little bit small” and everybody knows, that’s Tufters!
I raced home and began furiously firing off emails to the CWFNJ to report finding LBI’s most important thing, Tufters. Piping Plover have intense nest fidelity and like to return to the places they know best, just like us. I got a lot of gobblety-gook response with stuff like “perhaps” and “it is more likely that it is one of the parents” and “it is even more likely that it is a parent of the failed nest near that area” and “blah blah blah”.
But “science” is not the whole story, and ignores many other valid models of perceiving reality like “wishful thinking” and “my fantasy world” and “vivid imagination”. So we’re going with “it is dolphin-ately Tufters!***”
***EDITOR’S NOTE: This is probably not Tufters, but it could be. The better probability is that it is one of the parents from the two nests last year. One of those nests was successful, the other was not. We need more than one successful nest on the Northside to help this species come back. Share the beach. If you spend time this summer at any sensitive nesting grounds, especially Barnegat Light, take extra special care. Obey the signs, the roped off areas, and don’t bring your adorable, well behaved dog. There are a skabillion places on the Island to walk dogs illegally. BL is the worst one. Respect. I need stuff to take pictures of.