Here are two of at least four Black Oystercatchers I saw at low tide today. A couple of weeks ago I saw nine together.
A lot on the beach with Black-backed/Kelp Gulls.
On an offshore islet.
Orange County, California, US
Shouting at the ground.
The oystercatchers are a group of waders forming the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions and some tropical regions of Africa and South East Asia. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher and the South Island Oystercatcher, both of which breed inland, far inland in some cases. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species...