An Oystercatcher Feeding Its Chick

Wednesday, September 11, 2019,

Here’s a trio of photographs of an adult American Oystercatcher bringing food to the table, I mean, beach. The unlucky breakfast item is a Mole Crab, a favored menu item here at Nickerson Beach. Oystercatchers enjoy a varied diet. At other locations, I have seen them tackling Mussels and other bivalves.

Mom, or Dad – both parents feed their youngsters – dig up the Mole Crabs and bring them to their chicks. At this age the young Oystercatcher probably already knows some of the basics of foraging but its folks are still looking out for it. It takes lot of work to produce the next generation but that’s what it takes for the continuation of the species.And these guys are a truly beautiful species. JK

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Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

Tuesday, September 10, 2019,

Here’s a cute little guy that I found at Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook. When I took this photo, I was fairly certain that it was one of the warblers and that maybe it was a female Yellowthroat but I really couldn’t be sure of anything. Truth be told, I am not a very good birder. So I sent these pics to my friend Luci from the Four Harbors Audubon Society and she identified it as a juvenile male Common Yellowthroat. So, I was almost correct. And do you know what? I’ll take it. JK

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More Beach Yoga

Thursday, August 1, 2019,

Two weeks ago I posted a photo of an Oystercatcher doing some stretches at Nickerson Beach. This is another Oystercatcher – a juvenile this time – doing a similar stretch. The adults are more striking looking than their kids but I think I like this photo better than the previous one. I believe the background is the major difference. The crashing surf and blue water make for a more pleasing setting than just a sandy beach.What do you think? JK