Black Oystercatchers

This past week I was out with Hugo, one of the EFTA interns from last year. We went out to monitor the Black Oystercatchers in Point Lobos were there are 6 of their nests. We spent about forty minutes at each nest site, looking closely for any distinctive behavior that could help us identify what they are doing. Mostly all the nests had 2 to 3 eggs with a couple of the nests having their eggs missing from predators…like crows or maybe even some gulls that might have come across the nest and eaten the eggs. It is really exciting being able to observe their activity because they fly all over their territory with a very distinctive loud pitch call that truly gets your attention. In the upcoming weeks we will continue to monitor their nest sites until their eggs hatch and their young grow big enough to be on their own.

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