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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
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Easily recognised by its long orange bill reddish-pink, or
when flying by by a wide white wing-stripe, black tail and white rump that forms a ‘V’ shape between the wings and white "chin-strap".
They eat cockles and mussels rather than oysters, and will eat worms when feeding inland. Most of the UK population winter on the coast.
The Oystercatcher breeds on rocky beaches, dunes, and around salt marshes, typicaly laying 3 eggs from (Late May - July)