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Wildlife Spotlight: Black Oystercatcher

One of the most rare birds around, the Black Oystercatcher is a favorite among birders looking to add a new bird to their life list. Easily identified with their black body and large thin bright red beak, the eggs of these birds blend right in with the rocks along the Alaskan shoreline making coastal Alaska perfect for reproduction.


As human traffic increases in Seward and other tourist hotspots, we do our best to educate our visitors about their nests as it would be easy to trample over one without even noticing because of the camouflaged nature of the eggs. If you get near a nest, you will often see the mother approach you flapping her wing and feigning an injury in an attempt to get you to chase her and leave the nesting area. If you are visiting our coastline and notice this, watch your step!

~ Danny