Oystercatcher’s Ode

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)


Pad intertidal mud flats

Ferret and find

Lead on bright red-orange bill

Prod and push

Spot  bivalve siphons and crab holes

Drive and dig

Seize and sever adductor muscles

Shuck and swallow

Savor succulent meat

Realign and resume

Pace on through surf and sand

Persevere and procure


Note: I spotted this busy American Oystercatcher while visiting a tidal pool on Ft. Myers Beach in Southwest Florida. Seemingly curious, but undisturbed by my presence, the wading bird dutifully searched the sand for mussels, clams, and crabs. I was taken by the bird’s beautiful eyes and long bright reddish orange beak. Two websites worth visiting on the oystercatcher are a video on The Internet Bird Collection and Arkive.



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