Where have all the Oystercatchers gone?
For the past 10 years on March 15th, the american oystercatchers return to Nickerson Beach on Long Island, NY and begin there amazing mating rituals both singing and dancing. I'm certain this goes back much longer, that's how long I've been going since learning about the wonderful sights and sounds. I made my first visit this season today and was amazed by the silence on the beach. Sometimes it takes me a few minutes to find the birds,this year I was still looking an hour after arriving and still heard noting. Then in the distance I heard and then spotted an oystercatcher. Next two and eventually three. There are usually 60 to 100 of them on the beach. This was quite concerning to me and I wondered if there migration has been slowed by the three north easters we have hand or if the hurricanes this past season decimated the population.
Being that I had to wait to see the oystercatchers, you will as well. The first birds I spotted at Nickerson Beach were loons.
And that was the last I saw of the loon today.
Comments and suggestions welcome,
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