Oystercatchers return to the Isles of Shoals

American Oystercatcher (Photo courtesy of CC 3.0 Googie man at en.wikipedia)

On Wednesday, June 5, a group of students from Hoboken Charter High School spotted four American Oystercatchers flying and landing on the northeast end of Smuttynose Island, north of the tide pools. Given the rockiness of the island and the dominance of black-backed gulls, it seems unlikely that they’ll stay but they did land for a bit. We’ve seen other birds that prefer the tide flats out there before so there is hope they’ll return.

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