Considering all the time I've spent in Florida the last couple years,
you'd think I'd have seen a snowy plover by now, right? Well, I FINALLY
got my life snowy at the end of last year when we spent Christmastime
at Cape San Blas on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Cape San Blas is
one of my favorite places on the "forgotten coast" - not too many
people, no condos or hotels, and a 30 minute drive to a decent
restaurant or grocery store. My kind of place!
I very nearly
stumbled over this bird! It was so totally camouflaged in its winter
plumage (and so tame!) that, were it not for its movement, I never would
have seen it. I wonder how many others I've stumbled past without ever
You might notice in my photo that the bird is banded -
only one leg is visible - I found out that this bird is a regular winter
resident at St. Joseph's State Park on Cape San Blas, but that it
Snowies are sweet birds - small and plain
compared to the piping plovers I know so well - but pretty similar in
their habits. And like other Florida birds, exceptionally tame. I wonder
why that is?