Re: American Oystercatcher(?)

David Trissel

Here’s a link to a Flickr album with Mandy Etpison’s photos:

David Trissel
San Diego, CA

On Jul 9, 2021, at 4:13 PM, David Trissel <dtrisse1@...> wrote:

OK, since it’s the summer doldrums and we have nothing better to do anyway, let’s have some fun with the Oystercatcher found this morning by John Dumlao and then subsequently photographed by a few folks. The bird was originally found at 6:23-ish at the Point La Jolla Seawatch spot, standing on the rocks below. It flew south past Children’s pool and landed about a 1/3 mile south of there out on a point where it stuck around for 30 minutes until a guy and his dogs went out on the rocky point and chased it off. It flew south but then returned to the flat rocks below the cliffs, again about 1/3 mile south of Children’s.

 I don’t know if Mandy Etpison’s photos attached below will come through (this group email system tends to strip them) but they are spectacular. If they get stripped I’ll see if I can get and post a link to them.

DAB DAB checklist with good flight shots:

John Dumlao checklist with one flight shot: 

My checklist with description and distant and far less professional pics here:

For those of you (like me) that are interested in the Jehl Scale and how American Oystercatchers are rated by the experts, here it is:

I’m not an experienced at rating American Oystercatchers, so I’ll only weigh in with my two cents in a follow-up email.


David Trissel
San Diego, CA

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mandy Etpison
Subject: American oyster catcher
Date: July 9, 2021 at 9:06:15 AM PDT

Hi David,
Attached some pics of the bird from this morning. Pls let me know if it is a hybrid when you guys figure it out.
Mandy Etpison
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