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Eurasian Oystercatcher are a typical bird of coastal Norway. In Øygarden they are very much a migrant and are one of the first to arrive back - usually in the second half of February. Small numbers may overwinter in some years but the vast majority leave in August / September and either stay or pass through the British Isles. I have found two rings from Oystercatchers in Eagle Owl nests and both were ringed on the south coast of England.

These are long lived birds - one of the rings I found showed that the bird had lived for at least 30 years!

During the spring huge numbers pass north on their way to their breeding grounds, usually following the coast - this is one of the first migration "spectacles" of the year.

For details of migration past Skogsøy SW Norway click here
For numbers at Stag Rocks, Northumberland, UK click here

Eurasian Oystercatcher
Tjeldstø, June 2010

Oystercatcher - Tjeld
Eurasian Oystercatcher, Tjeldstø, Øygarden,  June 2008
Picture taken with DSLR and 400mm telephoto lens

Young Oystercatcher, Kollsnes, July 2019
Above and below: Young Oystercatcher at the Kollsnes Gas plant, Øygarden.
Several species of wader breed in relative safety in this fenced off area - a rare case of industry actually seeming to benifit the birds by protecting them from disturbance.

Young Oystercatcher, Kollsnes, July 2019

Oystercatcher, Nautnes, September 2018
First year Oystercatcher, Nautnes, September 2018

Eurasian Oystercatcher
(Digiscoped) Eurasian Oystercatcher, Tjeldstø, Øygarden, 12 June 2006

Newly hatched Oystercatcher chick
Newly hatched Oystercatcher chick

Oystercatcher nest
Oystercatcher nest

Migrating Oystercatcher, Skogsøy, SW Norway
Migrating Oystercatcher, Skogsøy, March 2012
Migrating Oystercatcher, Skogsøy, SW Norway

Above and below: Migrating Oystercatcher, Skogsøy, March 2012

Migrating Oystercatcher, Skogsøy, SW Norway

Pictures taken with a DSLR and a 400mm telephoto lens

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