Notes From the Naturalist: Oyster Catchers

Napatree Beach, which stretches west from Watch Hill and defines the seaward edge of Little Narragansett Bay, has a long and storied history. In the early 1900’s, the naval guns of Fort Mansfield, located on Napatree Point, guarded the entrance to Long Island Sound against external threats. At the time, Napatree was built up with several dozen houses. With the passage of time and the occurrence of hurricanes, the past has been swept away and today a sandy spit of land remains. It is a prime habitat for countless birds and a fantastic walk for nature lovers.

My favorite quarry along the Point is the American Oystercatcher that nest on the bay beaches and feed on muscle bars just offshore. I am running an Oystercatcher walk on Saturday, June 4th and would be delighted if you would join me. If you’re not able to make the walk, I hope to see you around the Inn where I can show you how to access Napatree and where to look for Oystercatchers and other interesting birds.

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