Finger Snuggling The Ambassador: Tufters, Tacey, and Our Adorable Little Future
Only the highest quality Readers will have made it to this point without asking “But WHO? Is it Tufters? Or Tacey???!111???”
Who do you think it is? Who do you secretly want it to be? Who do it think it should be?
I should note that the banding takes place at the nest. And Tufters ‘n Tacey share nest duties like any other PIPL couple, switching on and off during a constant and continual incubation that lasts several weeks. But I should also note that Tufters is fiercely dedicated to his little nest, while Tacey needs more “me” time. She can disappear for hours. That’s not a bad thing, and we see that in all sorts of human couples too. Still, it can be quite frustrating for scientists who visit Barnegat Light to have to sit around for hours waiting for Tacey to come home.
So ultimately, the PIPL you get is the one that happens be on the nest at the allotted banding time.
So who is it? !!!???!! Which of our celebrity Piping Plover is about to go viral, go world famous, and become an important part of a serious effort to ensure a very wild, and very adorable little future on the Coast for all of us? Which one, quite ridiculously, has now made their Readings From The Northside made-up name totally official, and will be referred to by it by serious science people for years, and perhaps generations to come?