News from Cannon Beach: There are THREE BLACK OYSTERCATCHER CHICKS on Haystack Rock. Two of them are pictured, in a photo by TIFFANY BOOTHE of the Seaside Aquarium.
So whats the big deal? According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation plan (http://tinyurl.
com/bloyst), the overall hatching success for this species is only 27 percent, and the fledging success is a mere 13 percent. Not to mention, there are only about 10,000 of them worldwide.
With such a low reproductive success, it is so important that even three individuals be added to the population, the Friends of Haystack Rock Facebook page says. Human disturbance can be a major stress on these birds, so it is crucial visitors view the birds from a safe distance.