Uncommonly seen in populated areas, the black oystercatcher (haematopus bachmani) ranges from the aleutian islands in alaska down to california's baja peninsula. although the species is not classified as threatened it is estimated there are only 8,900 - 11,000 individuals remaining.
oystercatchers are seen mostly on coastal stretches which have some quieter protected areas. it forages in the intertidal zone feeding on marine invertebrates, particularly molluscs such as mussels, limpets and chitons which it dislodges with its strong red bill. 📷@art_by_di #wildlife#bird#salishsea