Wednesday, May 3, 2017

American Oystercatchers Nesting

I have been posting all about our Piping Plovers lately, 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 the recent stormy and wet weather has washed a number of Oystercatcher nests away on our beaches. However, those that lost their eggs will be re-nesting as soon as they can. We have hope that this year will be just as successful as the 2016 season where 53 fledged from 63 pairs, the second highest total of chicks fledged and the second highest productivity rate ever recorded in Connecticut. Please keep them in mind while visiting the shore, allowing these birds the peace and comfort they need to raise their family. Our volunteers and staff will do their best to make this another record season.

Scott Kruitbosch
AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator
RTPI Conservation & Outreach Coordinator

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