Last week, oystercatcher nesting got underway in North Carolina with eggs appearing on the Cape Fear River. Several unbanded pairs had perfected their scrapes on a marsh island called Shellbed Island and decided it was time to lay. This nest, which was mere feet from the high water line, contained two eggs. It will probably receive a third egg, since oystercatchers usually lay 2-3 eggs in a nest. A group of eggs in a nest is called a “clutch.”
While some oystercatchers are already busy with their eggs, Arnie, the tracking project alum that also nests on the Cape Fear River, is still waiting for his unbanded mate to lay her first egg. However, the pair has zealously been guarding their territory on Ferry Slip Island, waiting for just the right moment to begin their 2014 family.