American Oystercatchers on Sunset Beach

Earlier this Spring I made my way out to the east end of Sunset Beach by Tubbs Inlet as I’ve done for a number of years now to look for the return of the nesting American Oystercatchers. For years now they come back to virtually the same spots to lay their eggs and wait for their babies to hatch. At that time there was no sign of any AMOYS on the beach. There were, however, Wilson Plovers who had returned to their nesting spot as they have done in many previous years. I was able to take some photos of the plovers and their nest which you can see by clicking here.

I was disappointed that there were no oystercatchers and had heard that they may have lost a nest to the tides and had moved on to another nesting area. I was thrilled last week when I ventured down at sunrise to the point after being shut out of any photos thanks to a shroud of clouds covering the entire beach. My elation came when I saw an oystercatcher out on the flatland between the water and the dunes! After a bit more investigating, I was so happy to see that the pair of AMOYS were back and had not only laid eggs but ‘built’ their ‘scrape’ up in the dunes and away from the potential high tides.

They have never allowed me to get as close to them as I was able to this time so it allowed me to get a few very candid photos of them.  Here are a few of the photos I was able to take. I hope you enjoy them and here’s hoping for 3 little babies making their way into the world very soon.

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