Let’s not burry the lead here. It turns out our very own Blynken, born of House Tufters at Barnegat Light State Park was just spotted at the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia by the lovely & very dedicated Doris & Pat as part of survey down there.
While the love of his life Ginger was not explicitly seen, it was allegedly quite difficult to read all the itty bands as Blynken & his friends were tearing up the beach as they love to do while being stalked by a Peregrine Falcon (as they love to do). Ginger was there. She had to be. Blynken & Ginger are totally in love. Those are just the facts.
Blynken & Ginger could be planning on setting up a little winter cottage in Georgia as it is far enough South for wintering. Or they could be on their way to more exotic locations. Either way, their appearance there underscores the importance of all sorts of people taking good care of our beaches along the entire flyway. While New Jersey goes through great efforts to give the PIPL a hand when they nest up in our state, the fate of our babies is ultimately dependent on them finding healthy, happy, and safe places to live all along the coast.
By example, LBI’s very own Holgate is closed completely for the nesting season, but then open to trucks during migration. It’s important to remember these are the same animals, and they are still just as endangered. As with the people, LBI hosts both resident PIPL and tourists. So let’s always remember to extend our Island hospitality to both.
While it is, of course, completely understandable for us to favor our own little babies, the true measure of our hospitality is reflected in how well we treat OPP: Other People’s PIPL.