We were lucky to find both chicks with an adult hanging out on the beach, rather than back in the dunes. As we watched, a second adult flew in bringing food which it gave to one of the chicks. Chris and Tim positioned themselves carefully.
|Chris hangs out in the dunes|
|Tim walks toward Chick# 1 with the net.|
|Success with Chick #1|
|Tim and Chris take measurements|
|Danny Carpenter holds one of the chicks after it is banded.|
These two are now HH and HJ, with the first H underlined. All oystercatchers banded in Georgia are banded with red bands. Each state up and down the east coast has its own color.
|Oystercatcher Chicks can now be identified as Red HH and Red HJ|
|Diana holds HJ before its release.|
Once both birds were banded, weighed and measured, it was time for the next tricky part - the release. We could see an adult waiting nearby on the sand. We walked down towards the water, with Danny and I each carrying a chick. Then we went up to towards where the parents stood and each knelt down to place our charge gently on the sand. Immediately, both chicks ran towards the parent and all three went towards the dunes and inside the roped off area. Success!
|Adult and now-banded chicks are reunited.|
|Oystercatcher chicks HH and HJ back on the beach wearing their new jewelry.|