Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What a Beak!



American oyster catchers are one of my favorite shorebirds due to their amazing and flamboyant beak.  It is a precise tool to crack open clams and oysters by inserting the chisel-like bill in between the open shell valves and cutting the muscle that closes the shells.  But they are rare enough in SW FL to be exciting to see.  In one of our favorite haunts on Delmarva, Chincoteague Island, 
we used to watch them at dusk gathering in flocks to fly to roost and emitting an amazing cacophony of sound.  An very impressive and beautiful bird.

Bill Dunson

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