Eurasian Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

This Eurasian Oystercatcher was first discovered at Easport, Bonavista Bay on April 3, 1999 and stayed for several weeks. It was the second record for Newfoundland and North America.
– Photo: Ken Knowles (April 16, 1999)

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: The “old world” counterpart of American Oystercatcher, this species is widespread across much of Europe, Asia and Africa and breeds commonly in Iceland.

Record Details: Three records for Newfoundland: (1) Tors Cove, May 22-25, 1995; (2) Eastport (Bonavista Bay), April 3 – May 2, 1999; and (3) St. John’s, August 5, 2006 (identified from a photograph). The only other North American record occurred on Buldir Island, Alaska (Western Aleutians) in May 2012.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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