Tuesday, April 26, 2011

American Oystercatcher



My post  for World Bird Wednesday and Watery Wednesday and Nature Notes  is of the American Oystercatcher.  This bird nest on sandy beaches and barrier islands. It forages for clams, mussels and crabs in salt marshes, rocky coast and intertidal areas. They are brown in color above and have a white bottom and have a black hood. They have a stout red-orange bill which reminds me of a carrot.


I got to see this bird while visiting Chincoteague NWR, below are four of them in flight.






This one below is banded with a black band and numbered 4P













I think these two were a couple.





If you like birds and would like to see more please visit Springman's site at World Bird Wednesday and for more watery shots visit 2sweetnsaxy's Watery Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes


Thanks to Springman , Michelle and 2sweetnsaxy for hosting and thank you for stopping by to see my birds. Have a great week!

48 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Those birds are wacky looking but well suited for what they do. I learned something new. I have never heard of the American Oystercatcher.

jabblog said...

I like the colour co-ordinated eyes and bill!
I love your new header - very romantic.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this bird! We see them on the Oregon Coast (they're probably here in Florida too, but I haven't seen them). That bill has to be stout for what they do!

texwisgirl said...

great shots! interesting place to band them - making them wear garter belts rather than anklets.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Yes, from your excellent pictures, the bills do look like the birds have carrots sticking out of their faces! Ha! Wonderful! Have an excellent day!

Martha Z said...

I like these guys with their bright orange bills. For me, they are one of the easier shore birds to ID. I have trouble with many of the others as they seem quite similar. Perhaps I just need more experience.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Interesting bird.I like that bright bill.

Jen said...

I am curious where on the Oregon coast someone saw these guys... I thought we only had Black Oystercatchers on our coast. They're pretty but yours are stunning!

Calling Ravens said...

Great post-I learned about a new bird today! :)
If they liked crawdads/crayfish (depending on where you live) they could even make a go of it in the irrigation ditches in the Southwest!

Tammie Lee said...

very nice to see them up close.

Gary said...

Great close ups Eileen. Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Steve Borichevsky said...

You just cannot go wrong with oyster catchers.

Amila Kanchana said...

Very interesting waterbird!

Fjällripan said...

So beautyful photos of a lovely bird!

Frank said...

Very, very similar to our species. I like the garters around the knees

BTW Eileen the Lapwing is common in the UK although there has been concern about there numbers and breeding habitat loss for some years.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very cool! Seeing the bands on them in really interesting. I wonder why its both legs....

rainfield61 said...

Someone has more interest in her than us.

MarieElizabeth said...

Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

mick said...

Great photos of the American Oystercatchers and interesting to compare them with the ones we have out here in Australia.

Lina Gustina said...

Love your bird and watery shots, Eileen...
Thanks for dropping by :)

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Ebie said...

Hi Eileen, I also think that their beaks look like carrots, even the colors!

First time to see these oystercatcher! I thought only cows have tags, so do the birds.

holdingmoments said...

Almost the same as our Oystercatchers here Eileen. Lovely birds.

Sally in WA said...

Excellent captures, Eileen. Love those orange beaks.

Fotokarusellen said...

A great post and beautiful images. Well done!

Roan said...

The colors are amazing. Wonderful watery shot.

Debbie Smith said...

I saw this bird for the very first time while visiting Florida. Needless to say I was very captivated and took several pictures!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Debbie's Travels

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Astounding!! What great action photos.

Here's my Watery Link for the day:
Skipping Rocks Sculpture and Fountain

Have a super duper day!!!

Leonora said...

Wonderful photos of a beautiful bird!

Jean said...

The beak does look like a carrot! This is a striking looking shore-bird.

Andrew said...

Beautiful images of your lovely birds.
Oystercatchers are always lovely to see.

BirdingMaine said...

Excellent post and photos Eileen!

Irene said...

Amazing shots! And interesting about the he American Oystercatchers!

Wish you a great week, Eileen!

Irene

Kay L. Davies said...

4P looks like one seriously happy oystercatcher, Eileen. Super photos!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Springman said...

Eileen, your banner shot is great. What an atmosphere it has! The oystercatcher must have the orangest eye I have ever seen. A great catch! ;-)WBW

George said...

This is a new bird for me, although I'm not sure how I could have missed that beak if I had seen one before. Your pictures are wonderful.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of the Oystercatcher in his habitat!

Carver said...

Great post and photographs of the great looking birds!

Sondra said...

I love watching these guys when I can....Great PHOTOS--

Rambling Woods said...

I love the brightly colored eyes and bill. I wonder how that colored bill is an advantage....Michelle

Pat Ulrich said...

Great shots of the oystercatchers, I find them to be such fascinating birds. We only have the black oystercatchers here on the west coast, which aren't quite as striking in my opinion.

eden said...

Wow, love to see these birds in the wild. They are beautiful creatures

Elaine said...

Oystercatchers look like they are in costume. Lovely shots!

Luckaa said...

So nice birds.

Denise said...

It's so much fun coming to your blog Eileen. I have never seen the American Oystercatcher. They are beautiful! Love your header photo too.

Barb said...

Nice blog entry. I think these may be similar to the Killdeer in my area.

Robin said...

What marvelous eyes they have with that incredible orange color.

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Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

I love those birds. The orange eye ring is so unique.

American Oysertachers said...

Hi Eileen,
I found your blog through a friend who had seen the banded oystercatcher black 4P in SW Florida during the winter. I administer the American Oystercatcher working group's banding database, and I wanted to encourage you to report your band sighting (Google "American Oystercatcher Working Group") or any others you may make. Black 4P was banded in August 2005 as a hatch-year bird. We have no records of it in Virginia in 2010. Thanks for sharing your photos,
Lindsay Addison