|Caitlin gently lifts the new-born from the nest|
|Caitlin shows off the newly-born plover chick|
|The second sibling emerges|
After two hours we returned to the nest and found the chick looking fully twice it's hatching size. He now resembled a cute little cotton-ball. While Caitlin carefully placed the color-coded bands on the chick, Jaymi and I were delighted to witness the second sibling break from of it's egg. Caitlin and her team receive a limited number of unique band sequences per season so only one chick from this nest will receive the bands.
To learn more about the Snowy Plover Recovery Project, including ways you can help and where to report sightings of banded plovers, please visit http://www.SFBBO.org.
|A quick check to make certain mom is watching before putting the newly banded chick back with it's sibling. Snowy Plovers are perfectly camouflaged on the salt ponds. Do you see the nest with the second chick beginning to hatch?|