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Definition of oystercatcher

: any of a family (Haematopodidae containing a single genus Haematopus) of wading birds that have stout legs, a heavy wedge-shaped bill, and often black-and-white plumage

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Recent Examples on the Web Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass Audubon Society: Greater Boston: Three American oystercatchers were seen flying from Winthrop toward Logan Airport. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 11 Jan. 2020 In addition, oystercatchers were also recorded on islands along the Connecticut shore near Greenwich, Norwalk and Westbrook. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Some threatened shoreline birds had good years in Connecticut, others not so much," 19 Nov. 2019 Piping plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, herons and egrets are particularly vulnerable. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Race Point sightings included a little gull and a royal tern, as well as 3 American oystercatchers, 14 piping plovers, 2 parasitic jaegers, 425 least terns, 3 black terns, 26 roseate terns, and 7 Manx shearwaters. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2019 More than 150 pairs of American oystercatchers, least terns and black skimmers have successively laid eggs near Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Sightings in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included a royal tern, a Caspian tern, a black skimmer, a dunlin, and 3 American oystercatchers. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018 The islands also are used as nesting sites by least terns, Forster’s terns, oystercatchers and other waterbirds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 Birds noted on South Monomoy Island included 2 blue-winged teal, 3 Northern shovelers, 14 Northern pintails, a glaucous gull, 5 American oystercatchers, and a snowy owl. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 30 Apr. 2018

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Oystercatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oystercatcher. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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