I had another wonderful weekend with many nice sightings and I finally tracked down an American Oystercatcher. I have looked for this particular species on at least a dozen occasions both at Snook Island and at the jetty near the Boca Resort. Last week when I found the Scoters at least a half-dozen people went to look for them and they ALL saw the Oystercatchers so you can imagine how satisfied I was once I finally got it for my Big Year.
American Oystercatcher is one of our cooler looking shorebirds with its neon Orange bill. From what I understand they bred at Snook Island this year and the picture I got looks to be one of the younger birds.
Before going to find the Oystercatcher I had spent a couple of hours at the Boynton Beach Inlet. The winds were very strong but mainly out of the North so i didn’t expect to much in the way of Pelagic birds but ended up seeing many Northern Gannets one unidentified Jaeger and this group of Black Scoters.
The inlet also had the first Ring-billed Gulls I’ve seen this season. There were also Laughing, Greater Black Backed and Herring Gulls as well as Royal, Sandwich and Forster’s Terns.
I spent some time at Green Cay and managed a couple of nice shots.
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