Two of our most endearing stars on springwatch were Mr and Mrs Oystercatcher, who are still siting patiently on their charges, exposed to the elements, on a drystone wall infront of Domen Las hide.
Quite how this species survives the attention of predators during the breeeding season is a mystery. They are chunky, black and white and have a penchant for nesting cospicuously, sometimes off the ground on an old stump, but rarely as high as this pair, atop a 3 metre drystone wall.
Wherever they choose, they can be inordinately fond of their choice, returning year on year. This pair have been nesting on top of this wall for at least six years and, as they can be very long lived, they may be with us for some time yet. Let us hope so.
Don't worry about the hatchlings journey to the waterside, wader chicks appear to be made of some sort of india rubber!
It must be very soon if it is going to happen (they may be infertile) Incubation period is 24 -27 days and they started around the beginning of Springwatch. Without the camera the only way I will know is on a survey from the saltmarsh. Domen las hide is out of bounds for a while yet.
Good to hear they are still about - how much longer do you think they will be there?