Wilson’s Plovers lay their eggs directly in sand and bits of broken shell. If they see that someone is coming near their nest, they may
try to draw your eye or attention elsewhere. If you see a bird running or flying back and forth, STOP and look at your feet. You may be walking near a nest, and the eggs are incredibly well camouflaged against the sand. When birds are forced to leave the nest, eggs can bake in the hot sun or get covered with blowing sand. (Think of your shoes on a windy day!) Try to give the birds a wide berth.
We are lucky to have them nesting here; they have suffered from habitat loss. If you want to tag along on the next bird survey, I would really recommend it!