Shorebirds nesting on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches

Published 6:26 am Thursday, May 7, 2020

Shorebirds have started nesting on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

American oystercatchers have already created 18 nests, 16 of which are active. Two nests are at Cape Point. Six nests are in other places on Hatteras Island. Ocracoke beaches have eight nests.

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American oystercatcher two-egg nest located south of Ramp 27 on Hatteras Island. Courtesy Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Piping plover nests number two at Cape Point.

The resource summary from the National Park Service is dated April 29, 2020.

Colonial waterbirds had yet to make an appearance, but usually show up around the second week in May.

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