That’s the egg of a Black Oyster Catcher. It’s vulnerable—exposed to the elements and predators. I almost stepped on it during a beach walk on our kayak trip last month.
But these eggs are tough, and can even survive if they become submerged during a high tide, which I find kind of amazing.
And, the chicks (little balls of brown-gray fuzz) are capable of leaving the nest after one day. I’ve seen them scurrying around in years past.
Here is a borrowed photo of a chick (I didn’t have a digital one):
I didn’t have a good photo of an adult oystercatcher so I borrowed this one too:
Black Oystercatchers are some of my favorite birds. They nest in the same kind of places I like to hang out—deserted rocky, beaches.
Have a great weekend.