Oystercatcher in the Scottish Borders

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

The Oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird with a very distictive call that sounds as though someone is shouting "peep" over and over. The Oystercatcher has a long orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. Normally found along the coast, Oystercatchers can be seen in spring at many locations along the River Tweed and its tributaries. On the coast they specialise in eating shellfish such as cockles and mussels, inland they tend to feed on worms.

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