Our first pair was right along Highway 6, sitting on the fenceposts along the road.
The males are very glossy overall. I was surprised how big and long-tailed this species appears.
Females are plain brown overall with dark eyes.
While watching the blackbirds, I noticed the female carrying nesting material to the base of a small bush. Sure enough, there was an almost-completed nest only a couple of metres away from the busy highway!
Sauble Beach is one of the location where Piping Plovers are now nesting in Ontario. At least three pairs are already nesting, and there's a chance of more to come as there are also three lonely males on the beach. We saw six birds, which is pretty impressive considering the Great Lakes population has had as few as 12 nesting pairs in the past.