After watching a couple of Oystercatcher families, I am smitten! An Audubon guide described them as a hefty bird wearing a tuxedo and smoking a carrot. Wonderful. From what it looks like the fledglings have black eye bands but the parents have the striking orange eye bands.
They were once plentiful in the northeast but by the middle 1800’s their numbers were low and they didn’t extend past the southern states. With the Migratory Act they once again claimed the northeast as their home range but it sounds like their numbers are once again going down due to habitat loss. For info on the Oystercatcher in Massachusetts, go to the fantastic blog, The Turtle Journal.