Wildlife Extra writes about this video from England:
May 2011. Oystercatchers are a bird success story right now. 12 years ago they didn’t breed anywhere in Gloucestershire, but wow there are 10 breeding pairs at WWT Slimbridge. WWT have provided them with shingle islands on the wetlands, ideal habitat for breeding, and they return each year to breed. As they are ground-nesting birds, the water protects them from predators.
Oystercatchers are one of our bird success stories. They are highly adaptable feeders who are just at home in the fields as they are probing around for worms on the River Severn. They have spread south as numbers have increased. They are very smart birds and appear to be willing to nest closer to man as a protection against other predators. This all goes against the grain for wading birds, which are overall in decline, and are generally very cautious of people.
- Colour ringed Oystercatchers and Brent Geese (parrotletsuk.typepad.com)
- Eagles, vultures already building nests (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- At age 62, albatross hatches a chick (mercurynews.com)
- Birding The Bay Trail: Pt. Isabel Shoreline (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
- Park birds ‘struggling’ to breed (granthamjournal.co.uk)
- Seabirds, Shorebirds & Waders: 30 Ways to Distinguish Them (rollingharbour.com)
- Amit Patel: There’s quite a low tide every afternoon this week along the SF/Santa Cruz coast. I went today with my daughter (home for winter break). Excellent weather, great exploration. (friendfeed.com)
- At 62, the Oldest Bird in the World Is Still Hatching Chicks (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)