A pair of American oystercatchers has returned to Fishers Island. FIConservancy Naturalist Justine Kibbe observed their arrival at approximately 2 p.m. March 29 on Stony Beach in Hay Harbor.

“Time will tell if the two also include Sanctuary of Sands territory. As far as I know, there are five individual American oystercatchers on the West End,” Ms. Kibbe said.

“I tell young students that there is a great need on-Island to provide safe sanctuary and healthy habitat for dwindling wildlife.”

The American oystercatcher, occasionally called the American pied oystercatcher, was originally called the “sea pie”. It was renamed in 1731, when naturalist Mark Catesby observed the bird eating oysters. Oystercatchers feed on crustaceans and molluscs and are able to open crab shells and oysters with their strong red beaks. Justine Kibbe Photo