Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Black Oystercatcher pair at Boiler Bay

At Boiler Bay State Park on the Oregon Coast today I spent about 15 minutes watching a pair of Black Oystercatchers. They acted very much like they were nesting, even though (according to the book) this is much later in the season than they are known to do so. The bird down between the boulders seemed to be incubating eggs, since not once in that time did it stand up, even though it occasionally stretched its neck up as far as possible to watch a ground squirrel that was about 10 ft. away. The mate (resting higher on a rock) seemed to be keeping watch, and scolded loudly when the squirrel was moving around nearby. Maybe an earlier nesting attempt had failed, so they are trying again. (?)


At 11:31 AM, Anonymous willow said...

Looks like you have a very beautiful day down there today. I like your pictures of the Oystercatchers. I always think they are so cool.


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