Like most of the Island’s Beach Nesting Birds (and old people), American Oystercatchers head to warmer places South for the Winter and we won’t see them until they return in the Spring. And like many of us, Beach Nesting Birds hate long, drawn out goodbyes, so they deftly avoid any and all conversation or fanfare that draws attention to the painful fact that Summer is over and our lives are moving on. Without a proper goodbye, we can only make an educated guess that one of our AMOY friends have left, based only on the simple fact that we have not seen them around in a while. We’ve been through this before with Tacey, and then Tufters and family.
But there is one way to know for certain: Band Re-sightings. That’s why it was a huge thrill to get an alert from the incomparable Allison Anholt that Long Beach Island’s most famous AMOY of all, T2, was spotted 2 days ago at his wintering grounds in Cedar Key, Florida and the sighting was officially reported.
We can only imagine that T2 entertains the good people of Cedar Key, Florida as much as he entertains us here on LBI. We can be pretty certain that he is already annoying the other Oystercatchers down there, and boring them to tears, by constantly telling and retelling the story about how Karen Leu stole his egg this Summer.
So what ever happened to T2’s second egg anyway? I’m sure glad you never asked. Within 12 hours of posting the incredibly hopeful story of Reproducing Hope earlier in July, T2’s egg was completely gone… probably snatched by a crow or fox. The whole story became yet another chapter in the many disappointments of T2. He spent the rest of his Summer doing what he does best: loafing around and being goofy.
But we can rejoice, for T2 has survived his winter migration, and is one step closer to returning to us for another season and taking another shot at producing for us the one thing Barnegat Light State Park really needs: a little “T3”
See you in the Spring, T2, 05, and 09.