A Parcel of Oystercatchers

Black Oysters

A group of Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus bachmani) is called a parcel according to iBird Pro.  I found this group resting on Fraggle Rock this morning.  Recall, this is the name I gave to the rock just offshore at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park.  I have never been able to find an official name for it.

Fraggle Rock

This is a favorite late morning resting spot for shorebirds, especially gulls and cormorants.  During the fall and winter, Black Oystercatchers also like to congregate here.  They come to rest and socialize.  It is always a peaceful gathering.  I have never seen any squabbling among the different species here.

Homo ignoramus

Humans, of course, bring another story.  While I was taking photographs, these people started throwing rocks at the birds.  They didn't stop until every bird was driven from the rock.  Apparently, they thought that was appropriate behavior.  The birds were gone and my photo session was over.  That kid learned a perverse lesson from her parents today.  I hope his head got badly sunburned.

Black Oystercatchers

Undaunted by the assault, the laid back, tolerant Oystercatchers started to come back.

Gulls, Oystercatchers and Cormorants

After hiking around the Sand Dune Trail, I returned about 90 minutes later.  Those people were gone and another gathering of birds had assembled.


  1. I don't see them often, but I do get excited when I do get some shots of them. It's good to know that they are so adaptable. I do wonder why people like that think their behavior is acceptable.

  2. Oyster catchers will always be a favorite. And your name for the rock should stick.


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