Waiving The Flags

Waiving The Flags
Waiving The Flags
Observant Readers might recognize that itty-bitty green band as Tufters' "HUV" flag band.
Observant Readers might recognize that itty-bitty green band in the opening shot as Tufters’ “HUV” flag band. So how did this little piece of contraband come to be in my hand?
The magnificent Michelle Stantial was never crazy about those big 'ol flag bands on the itty bitties. So thanks to her huge heart and tireless spirit she has taken advantage of Tufters & Tacey's re-nest to remove them.
The magnificent Michelle Stantial was never crazy about those big ‘ol flag bands on the itty bitties. So thanks to her huge heart and tireless spirit she has taken advantage of Tufters & Tacey’s re-nest to remove them.
And replace them more delicate and stylish little ring bands.
And replace them more delicate and stylish little ring bands.
"Duz I look gud in white?"
“Duz I look gud in white?”
Tufters & Tacey also got a checkup and are looking good.
Tufters & Tacey also got a checkup and are looking good & especially adorable. Especially Tufters. Not only did he lose his green flag band, but his radio telemetry antenna has fallen off naturally, right on schedule.
Michelle hunts for Tufters radio unit at Barnegat Light State Park.
Michelle hunts for Tufters radio unit at Barnegat Light State Park.
Brood Patch. It is rare to hold a Piping Plover in hand so soon after the breeding season. It gave a chance to examine this gnarly little thing: Tacey's Brood Patch. This is the area under the wing where the little itty bitties snuggle to keep warm. The feathers wear away and a nasty callous/sore develops.
Brood Patch. It is rare to hold a Piping Plover in hand so soon after the breeding season. It gave a chance to examine this gnarly little thing: Tacey’s Brood Patch. This is the area under the wing where the little itty bitties snuggle to keep warm. The feathers wear away and a nasty callous/sore develops.
Tacey in hand. Notice Amazing Emily's adorbz tat: C. Melodious (the scientific name for PIPL), and an itty bitty PIPL track.
Tacey in hand. Notice Amazing Emily’s adorbz tat: C. Melodious (the scientific name for PIPL), and an itty bitty PIPL track. These ladies love their Piping Plover.
It takes a whole lotta' love and a big bucket of gear to care for Tufters, Tacey, and 'Lil Beth
It takes a whole lotta’ love and a big bucket of gear to care for Tufters, Tacey, and ‘Lil Beth
The band replacement operation through Tacey's eyes.
The band replacement operation through Tacey’s eyes.
It took just a few moments, and a far less Post-Wild looking Tufters & Tacey were released back into the park.
It took just a few moments, and a far less Post-Wild looking Tufters & Tacey were released back into the park.