I have fallen in love…with the American Oystercatcher!

After watching a couple of Oystercatcher families, I am smitten!  An Audubon guide described them as a hefty bird wearing a tuxedo and smoking a carrot.  Wonderful.  From what it looks like the fledglings have black eye bands but the parents have the striking orange eye bands.
They were once plentiful in the northeast but by the middle 1800’s their numbers were low and they didn’t extend past the southern states.  With the Migratory Act they once again claimed the northeast as their home range but it sounds like their numbers are once again going down due to habitat loss.  For info on the Oystercatcher in Massachusetts, go to the fantastic blog, The Turtle Journal.


2 thoughts on “I have fallen in love…with the American Oystercatcher!”

  1. Hi John,

    Would you believe I just returned from a four-day Mass Audubon trip on the Cape about shore birds and came home to find your new blog mentioning the American Oystercatcher, one of the birds that we saw on our trip that I hadn’t known about! It was great for you to showcase the Oystercatcher. Hopefully, more people will come to appreciate this unique bird and will support land and habitat preservation.

    I, too, fell in love with the American Oystercatcher and the other shore birds that we saw at the Wellfleet Nature Sanctuary and the other places we visited on the Cape with David Clapp, our guide. Although I had spent time at the Jersey shore some years ago, I didn’t realize the extent of the many different species of shore birds. We saw yellow legs, dowitchers, godwits, willets, whimbrels and ruddy turnstones, among others.

    See you soon,

    Dave Herships

    1. Hey Dave,
      Welcome back! I was going to go to that workshop but had a family reunion in Cape May. It sounds like we both saw a lot of shore birds although I bet you had amazing leaders teaching you. I just find Wellfleet Audubon to be an amazing place! Let’s go for a hike some time.


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