American Oystercatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is probably the easiest shorebird to identify, the American oystercatcher. This crow-sized shorebird sports a brown back, white belly, black head, and a long, thick, red bill which they use for (you guessed it) catching oysters. Because they eat exclusively saltwater mollusks, their range is restricted to the ocean... Continue Reading →

Killdeer

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the first shorebird I can remember seeing; the killdeer. Killdeer are an example of a bird being named after the mnemonic of their call. Supposedly, their call sounds like "kill-deer" but, as I've mentioned before, mnemonics, while useful, rarely sound like what I hear. But that's just me. Killdeer are... Continue Reading →

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