As you may have heard from other news outlets or maybe your birding friend rushing to Duluth, Minnesota, there has been a recent sighting of a piping plover in the area.
Since almost all GLPIPL are banded we can usually identify them, without catching the bird, and determine its history. One of the bird’s band combination has been submitted to us (with photos). The band combo indicates that this bird is a first year (born summer of 2014) and possibly male. This bird hatched at a beach in Gulliver in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
No breeding behavior has been observed so far. If a pair would form, this would be the first time in over 30 years that there were piping plovers nesting on the Lake Superior shores of Minnesota.