This week’s updates to the tracking map have been posted, and we can see that the oystercatchers are all staying close to home. CFX, for example, has remained on Capers Island within about a three mile radius. The farthest he has ventured has been to cross the Intracoastal Waterwaythe man-made water passageway along the Atlantic coastto feed in the marshes there. And why should he waste energy going farther when he has great roost sites and foraging areas so close by?
Similarly, Oreo has stayed within three miles or so of her territory, though she occasionally visits creeks branching off the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway. One very low-quality location fix placed Oreo about nine miles away, on the Cape Fear River, but we didn’t display that point because we aren’t sure it’s really accurate.
UP, on the other hand, has a slightly larger range than Oreo or CFX. He has flown four or five miles from his beach roosts to places like Blinds Hammock and Shackleford Banks to the south of South Core Banks where his old territory was.