Piping plover chicks are starting to hatch in a variety of Falmouth beach locations. The parents share the duties of incubating the eggs until they hatch. The young plover chicks depart the nest in a matter of hours and begin running all over the nearby beach. The young chicks will feed themselves as the parents watch closely at all times. The chicks will make their first flight in about a month and the family unit then remains loosely together a bit longer. This plover chick was observed on one of the beaches in West Falmouth. More info at www.falmouthbirds.com.

Link to more info: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/species_info/nhfacts/charadrius_melodus.pdf