Catching Oysters with an Oystercatcher
It’s the last week of Camp E&E by the Sea! Can you believe it? This week we’re hanging by the beach to meet shore birds. First up is the American Oystercatcher! This neat bird is easy to spot with its bright orange beak. So let’s head out to spot some campers!
American Oystercatcher Fun Facts:
- These brightly colored birds call salt marshes and shores their home.
- They feed on shellfish, mussels, clams, oysters and sea stars.
- American oystercatchers tend to spend more time on the ground than flying.
- They often grab the shellfish inside the shell before it can close. They severe the muscle and swallow the meat whole.
- They nest in higher areas away from the high tide line.
We could sit on the beach and watch shore birds all day! These funny birds with their long legs are one of our favorites. What’s your favorite shorebird?