Here are two Black Oystercatchers foraging for limpets. Today I saw six together, and yesterday there were nine. I'm sure they are the same group, sometimes breaking off into smaller groups.
A scattering of SIPO at Ashley Estuary along with the usual resident variables
Two Black Oystercatchers were feeding along the channel at Dana Point Harbor at lunchtime.
Two Black Oystercatchers camouflaged in mussel beds.
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...