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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oystercatcher Redux

After work I picked up my fourth grader from school and we cruised back up to Lake Nockamixon to see the American Oystercatcher. There were still half a dozen birders standing around, and we got good looks at it standing on the bank of the lake with some Canada Geese. At one point it dropped down and stood belly-deep in the water, splashing and bathing itself for a few minutes. It has flown about two miles from where I initially found it, to another boat launch area. This is apparently the 5th Pennsylvania record of this species. It seems to be a young bird, as it still has some black on about half of the bill, and dark reddish eyes.

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