2017 Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern Breeding Season Results
By Kelly O’Reilly, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Land Manager

Plovers:
The first plover nest was established on 12 March and the last chicks fledged on 7 September. A total of 127 nests were established during 2017; the highest on record at Bolsa Chica. A total of 340 chicks hatched and 152 of them fledged. This is the highest fledgling count on record for Bolsa Chica.

Terns:
  Nest Site 1 Nest Site 2 Nest Site 3 South Tern Island Cell 10 TOTALS
Start Date 9-May-17 11-May-17 11-May-17 9-May-17 8-May-17  
End Date 10-Jul-17 27-Jun-17 27-Jun-17 23-May-17 25-Jun-1 7  
Nests 28 104 36 5 4 177
Eggs 41 173 66 0 6 286
Chicks 17 123 25 0 5 170
Fledglings 5 1 0 0 0 6