I walked around the Emily Renzel ponds yesterday (7/13) and found plenty of continuing action in this avian hotbed.
Weeks back, Killdeer had unwisely nested in the gravel of the busy trail that separates the two ponds, saved by Juliana's reporting this to the ranger, who yellow-taped the nest area. Yesterday the tape was gone, and the ranger reported that chicks had hatched. I soon came upon this adult KILLDEER WITH TWO CHICKS foraging on the algae mat a few yards from the nest site: https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872621
I could find only one active PIED-BILLED GREBE NEST remaining, the one near the tower in the east pont. But it turned out to be inhabited not only by a sitting adult, but in one picture by TWO and then a few minutes later, in a picture from a different angle, by FOUR freshly hatched chicks.The adult remained sitting throughout, suggesting the possibility of even more chicks to come. https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872622 https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872623