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Piping Plover at Rocky Gap State Park

I found this most awesome bird (I believe this will establish a first county record) at Rocky Gap State Park at about 11:30 am Saturday April 30th. It was a gray foggy morning (the type that is often so productive here). This bird may be a part of the Great Lakes population which I believe explains a lot of the birds that show up here rarely (like Scoters and Black & Common Terns etc). In fact the second to the last photo shows a Common Tern that was also there the same day loafing on the beach with a few Bonaparte's Gulls and a single Ring-billed Gull. A first-Summer Herring Gull was there too (but I didn't get a photo).