Can You Spot the Ringer?

On October 2, 2018, a young black skimmer was seen hanging out with American oystercatchers on the beach at Breezy Point, Queens. The little bird seemed to be just trying to fit in. The video and photos show the oystercatchers on October 2 and 9.

  A young black skimmer hangs out with more than a 100 American oystercatchers on the beach at Breezy Point, October 2, 2018

A young black skimmer hangs out with more than a 100 American oystercatchers on the beach at Breezy Point, October 2, 2018

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Staten Island Oystercatchers

  American oystercatchers, Wolfe's Pond, Staten Island, April 21, 2018

American oystercatchers, Wolfe's Pond, Staten Island, April 21, 2018

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Oystercatchers in Brooklyn and Queens

I've seen American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) at Marine Park (May 30, 2017) and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (June 1, 2017). I was able to take a few photos and add a Filming the Feathers video. I didn't get to see them cracking open oyster shells, but I hope to soon!

  American oystercatcher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, June 1, 2017

American oystercatcher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, June 1, 2017

  American oystercatcher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, June 1, 2017

American oystercatcher, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, June 1, 2017