High Fidelity: Meet Your Neighbors

"O9" is in the House.  O9 is like the Mac Daddy of Tucker's Island on LBI. Banded in 2010 by Allison the Beach Nesting Hero, he is the baddest Oystercatcher on the Southside.
“O9” is in the House! O9 is like the Mac Daddy of Oystercatcher on LBI’s southside. Banded in 2010 by Allison the Beach Nesting Bird Hero, he’s back, has already found a comely lass of virtue true, and is owning Tucker’s Island.

During Hurricane Irene, we were evacuated from the Island and sheltered in a little hotel in western Jersey. It was like a refugee camp of people from the Jersey Coast. The lobby & bars were packed with displaced coastal humans, all discussing the place they loved; the very specific place they loved.

People from Margate loved Margate, had been going there their whole lives, and had never been to the place the other person was talking about. People from LBI loved LBI, had been going there their whole lives, and had never been to the place the other person was talking about. And so it was with almost every community along the coast.

He's not too tall, he's a little bit small, everybody knows, it's Tufters! Welcome back my little friend, or more likely, the parent of my little friend. Don't worry, your mate should be arriving any day now.
He’s not too tall, he’s a little bit small, everybody knows, it’s Tufters! Welcome back my little friend, or more likely, the parent of my little friend. Don’t worry, your mate should be arriving any day now.

It turns out beach nesting birds have the same “site fidelity” that we do. They love the places they know, the places they have good memories from childhood, and return to those places each year… just like we do. My grandaddy brought my daddy to LBI, and my daddy brought me, and now I bring my family. So it is up and down the coast, and so it is with our beach nesting birds.

"C0" is in the House. CO is another LBI local Oystercatcher who has just crossed the Causeway and arrived for the Summer.
“CO” is in the House. CO is another LBI local Oystercatcher who has just crossed the Causeway and arrived for the Summer.
Bonus O9. World famous because he walks on water. According to data from CWFNJ, Anna Maria Island, which is just south of the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area, during the winter one year, so given they also have strong  site fidelity to winter sites too, this is probably its wintering home
Bonus O9. World famous because he walks on water. According to data from CWFNJ, O9 has also been seen at Anna Maria Island, which is just south of the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area in the winter. So given they also have strong site fidelity to winter sites too, that is probably his wintering home

These creatures are not just random birds flying around the Island. They are locals, they call this place home, and they want their kids to call it home to. They are often connected to our beaches by generations.

Just like us.