I've seen American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) at Marine Park in Brooklyn, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Breezy Point in Queens, and Wolfe’s Pond and Mt. Loretto Unique Area on Staten Island. I’ve also seen them at Nickerson Beach on Long Island. They are delightful birds that chatter and fly around, showing off those long orange beaks and those red and yellow eyes. They nest at Breezy Point and at Nickerson, and I imagine other places around New York City as well.

Nickerson Beach Baby Birds

Tired little American oystercatcher babies, Nickerson Beach, June 12, 2019

Tired little American oystercatcher babies, Nickerson Beach, June 12, 2019

Oystercatcher family portraits, Nickerson Beach, June 4, 2019

Oystercatcher family portraits, Nickerson Beach, June 4, 2019

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The nesting oystercatchers and their little chicks are chronicled in two Filming the Feathers videos. Part I covers May 2-June 12, 2019, and Part II covers June 12-July 30, 2019, both videos filmed on Nickerson Beach, Long Island.

Oystercatcher parent and kid, June 4, 2019, Nickerson Beach, Long Island

Oystercatcher parent and kid, June 4, 2019, Nickerson Beach, Long Island

This slide show has photos of the oystercatcher kids from June 4 through July 9, 2019.

These photos of the adult oystercatchers were taken at Nickerson Beach May 2 through July 30, 2019.

This oystercatcher was seen on Staten Island in March 2019. Scroll down for more Staten Island oystercatchers.

American oystercatcher, Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, March 26, 2019

American oystercatcher, Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, March 26, 2019

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