Good morning! We are welcoming May with a chilly walk down to the beach. Let's go see what the Oystercatchers are up to....
Some of you asked about their nests and the big trucks. The trucks are now gone, though the twice daily grooming continues.
These are NOT photos from this year, but other years when I had a camera for distance photos. OCs here generally hollow out their final nesting spots towards the end of April. They lay their eggs, usually 3, around May 9th. I usually can locate plover and OC nests by following their footprints in the sand. Note the tiny plover prints between the OC's big feet.
This is a final nest, before the eggs are laid.