Nov 27 Ballyhoo

Today’s notable wildlife sighting was the American Oystercatcher, a plover-like shorebird not uncommon in these parts. They have a very distinctive call and I usually hear one before I see it. Often they occur in pairs as they are reputed to be monogamous.
As the name implies they feed on mollusks and whatever else they can pry off the rocks. The orange bill is rather startling and a very useful tool for this purpose.
They are distributed from New England to the Caribbean and Gulf coasts and are considered somewhat threatened.
The other cool creature we spied was the ballyhoo, a needle nose baitfish used as cut bait or in trolling for gamefish. You find them just below the surface in small schools in calm inlets.