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American Oystercatcher

Posted on Jun 25, 2017

I have been posting a lot about Piping Plovers in our work for the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, so I thought I should give our American Oystercatcher friends some love, too. After all, who doesn’t like their look? Even the average beachgoer takes note of this beautiful bird and its bold bill.

Unfortunately a lot of storms and high tides have washed a number of Oystercatcher nests away from our beaches in Connecticut this spring. However, those that lost their eggs have been re-nesting. Our early totals are extremely promising despite these weather difficulties. We have hope that this year will be just as successful as the 2016 season where 53 young  fledged from 63 pairs, the second highest total number of chicks fledged and the second highest productivity rate ever recorded in Connecticut. Please keep them in mind while visiting the shore and allowing these birds the peace and comfort they need to raise their family. Our volunteers and staff will continue to do their best to make this another record season.

Scott Kruitbosch
AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator
RTPI Conservation & Outreach Coordinator