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As you guessed it, another post from Barnegat Bay. This is yet another late post from March 22nd. I am trying to catch up as I am way behind.

This time, the Oystercatchers were coming out in pairs. They were starting to pair off to start breeding and nesting in the dunes near the jetty. I saw at least three pairs and a few others that probably didn’t pair off just yet.

Other than the Oystercatchers, only a few House Sparrows started to arrive. The usual Loons, Dunlins, Sanderlings and Purple Sandpipers were scattered about.

I did see a dolphin but not the kind you are thinking of. It was a U.S.C.G. HH-65C Dolphin helicopter.

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American Oystercatcher

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American Oystercatcher

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American Oystercatcher

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Common Loon, winter plumage

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Common Loon, winter plumage

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Common Loon, winter plumage

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Common Loon, winter plumage

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Common Loon, winter plumage

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Purple Sandpiper, winter plumage

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Dunlin, winter plumage

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Ruddy Turnstone, breeding plumage

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U.S.C.G. HH-65C Dolphin

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American Oystercatcher. Say what? Speak up, I can’t hear you.

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American Oystercatcher

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American Oystercatcher

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American Oystercatcher

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House Sparrow, female

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House Sparrow, male

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4 thoughts on “American Oystercatchers invading the Barnegat Bay

  1. lol…you captured some great shots here Terence…I particularly like the two of the American Oystercatcher…the one of the fellow standing on one foot and the other looking like it is scratching its head! they made my smile… the helicopter shot is great…

    • Thanks Heather! The Oystercatchers were actually scratching their heads. I like to photograph them in compromising positions to make for more interesting photos hahaha! You have to be fast with the shutter button to catch them that way as they do it extremely fast. Glad you got a smile out of them.

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