Tacey has the left the Island. Or at least she has left Barnegat Light State Park. When she first disappeared it was assumed she was probably well on her way to the Bahamas for the Winter, but was then spotted a few days later just a half mile away, hanging around with a bunch of Canadian Plovers, not a care in the world. Beach Bum for life.
But while that might seem strange, or sad, it is not unusual at all. Lady PIPL tend to get a head a start on their migration and leave Dad behind to finish the job. In fact, the diciest thing about Tufters’ and Tacey’s miracle renest was the high probability that Tacey might leave before the eggs even hatched.
Tufters is certainly no stranger to single parenting. Tacey left early last year too, leaving Tufters to raise the babies on his own for a good three weeks. I’ll never forget the first time I posted about Barnegat Light’s Piping Plover family. It was several posts where I referred to the adult Plover as “Mama” before The State Of New Jersey’s Lord Of The Flyway Todd Pover lightly scolded and corrected me that it was the Daddy we were seeing, giving a proper shoutout & props to all the hard working single Dads out there.
Not to be outdone by Tacey, Tufters has pulled his own dicey move and moved the family to the front beaches of LBI. Life was already pretty rough inside the confines of the Park with the relative safety of the tidepool. But with Tacey gone, Tufters is kicking back into his classic, laid-back parenting style and has moved the babies out to the front beaches of LBI.
It appears the entire Tace-ters family has gone rouge. We can only hope that they discover, just like we have, that despite the dangers the front beaches of LBI are the greatest place on Earth to spend time with the family and raise your children.
So watch your step, as Tufters, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod are Hiding in Plain Sight among us, livin’ the dream.
Godspeed Tacey! And Godspeed Tufters!