Note that this Snowy Plover, a threatened species, is banded.
The snowy plover nests in sand, not wise when the sand is at a public beach like this one.

I didn’t see them at first: tiny birds “hiding” in hollowed out foot prints yesterday at Carmel State Beach. I quietly backed away and took a few shots with a telephoto lens. The snowy plover is on the threatened species list primarily for its nesting habits. The bird likes to nest on beaches, making it vulnerable to people and dogs.

About a year ago I ran into snowy plovers at this same beach. So, I was glad to see them return, although in small numbers–about a dozen this time, half of my 2018 unofficial count.

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