These species include the little blue heron, tricolored heron, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, American oystercatcher
, black skimmer, least tern and snowy plover (state threatened species) and the piping plover, red knot, roseate tern, and wood stork (federally-listed under the Endangered Species Act).
Abstract: The American oystercatcher
(Haematopus palliatus palliatus) is currently listed as a species of high concern by the United States Shorebird Conservation Plan.
Only time will reveal the spill's impact on many Gulf-breeding species, including the Brown Pelican, American Oystercatcher
, Wilson's Plover, Reddish Egret, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Roseate Spoonbill, Clapper Rail, Seaside Sparrow, and Mottled Duck.
From the Puerto Viejo samples, 2 different influenza virus A subtypes were recovered: H3N8 in ducks and H10N9 in 2 ruddy turnstones and an American oystercatcher
. The HA and NA genes of the H10N9 were 100% identical in 3 isolates from 2 species.
Other birds that value this wildlife paradise are the Clapper Rail, the Common Loon, the American Oystercatcher
, the Seaside Sparrow, the brown and white pelicans, Peregrine Falcons, and the beautiful Cedar Waxwings.
The 2002 beach nesting bird season at the Two Mile Beach Unit was a success with nesting by two piping plover pairs, a peak of 97 least tern pairs, and two American oystercatcher
(Haematopus palliatus) pairs.
An American oystercatcher
makes a shallow hole called a scrape for its nest (above right).
The American oystercatcher
(Haematopus palliatus palliatus) is the only species of oystercatcher native to the Atlantic coast of North America and is restricted in distribution to intertidal shellfish beds in coastal areas.
If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse here of West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles or an American oystercatcher
on one of the many trails that weave around the island.
(2) Forbush member Richard Johnson captured the above photo of two American Oystercatchers
during a 2008 club trip to South Beach at Chatham.
In their travels the Blues see snowy egrets, great blue herons, laughing gulls, roseate terns, Atlantic puffins, American oystercatchers
, magnificent frigate birds, sandpipers, Brandt's cormorant, brown pelicans, winter wrens, thick-billed immures, and common loons.