The male "Nish" (located on the right side of the photo) was hatched in 2020 by "Monty and Rose" the famous Piping Plovers of Montrose Beach, Chicago, Illinois. He can be distinguished by his thick, black neck band, dusky face, and smattering of black at the base of the bill. Nish highlights the direct relationship and contributions of The Council of the Three Fires (Potawatomi, Ojibwa and Odawa) to what is now modern-day Chicago. Nish is a colloquial expression for Nishnabe’k (Potawatomi) and Anishinaabe (Ojibwa and Odawa).
Learn more about Nish's birthplace and Monty and Rose at Chicago Piping Plovers.
We are proud to announce that the female in our pair now has a name, too! Introducing "Nellie!" We felt it was only right for the team at Erie Bird Observatory to name her, since they provided the monitoring that kept her safe in Presque Isle, where she was hatched. So, we reached out to ask if they would come up with her name.
To honor her origins at Presque Isle, Mary Birdsong (Lead Shorebird Monitor) and Sarah Sargent (Executive Director) of Erie Bird Observatory, suggested the name “Nellie” for this bird. Nellie is the name of the first documented child born on Presque Isle, to the first lighthouse keeper’s family , Charles and Mary Waldo, in 1875.
Nellie (located on the left side of the photo), was hatched in 2020 in Presque Isle Pennsylvania. She can be distinguished by her thin, black neck band that is barely solid at the middle of her throat, and pale gray face. Learn more about this female's birthplace in Pennsylvania and Erie Bird Observatory's efforts: Presque Isle Plover Monitoring
From Mary and Sarah: "All of us at EBO wish Nish and Nellie all the best in their nesting attempt! Please take good care of them, Ohioans!"
Notes gleaned from Birds of Western Lake Erie