Thursday, July 26, 2012

ID this eggshell

Can you tell us what this eggshell is from? AAfCW technician Gabrielle Corradino took these photos not long ago. Take a look and see if you have seen enough of them this year in the field or on our blog or Facebook page to identify it.

Here it is in hand which may help you when it comes to scale. How about now?

That would be what remains of an American Oystercatcher egg. Gabrielle spotted it in the intertidal zone at Milford Point, away from the nest site, and a few days after two chicks hatched. Multiple pairs had attempted to nest here only to lose their nests again and again for a variety of reasons. We were thrilled to see the collective persistence of staff and volunteers led to at least one pair hatching young this season. Keep an eye out for the little ones or their very agitated parents, if you venture a bit too close, at the Coastal Center.

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.

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