An Oystercatcher Working the Shoreline

Saturday, October 2, 2021,

It’s been a very busy year for me, and I don’t get out nearly as much as I used to. I was finally able to visit Nickerson Beach about a week ago to see my beloved Oystercatchers. I may have missed breeding season, but I still managed to observe a large mixed flock of Oystercatchers and Black Skimmers. Here are two pics of one of the Oystercatchers in its search for Mole Crabs. JK

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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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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