If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Snowy Plover. Snowy Plovers are ground-nesting birds. Males prepare several scrape-style nesting sites during courtship and the female chooses which scrape will be used. Two to six eggs are typically laid, and the babies are able to leave the nest as soon as three hours after hatching!! Because these small plovers breed along the Gulf Coast, they will surely be affected by the BP oil spill currently soiling southern shores. If you would like to learn more about the Snowy Plover, Cornell's wonderful resource The Birds of North America Online currently has opened up their page about Snowy Plovers to non-subscribers. Species accounts for 14 other threatened birds are also openly available.
If you'd like to help the hard-working wildlife rehabbers helping the birds affected by the BP oil spill, please consider making a donation to the International Bird Rescue Research Center.