It’s over forty years since I first saw Oystercatchers and noted it down in my nature notebooks:
I was probably on a train heading deep into South Wales at the time.
On Westray there are many Oystercatchers; they don’t catch Oysters though. I prefer the name Sea Pie for them. The Orcadian dialect names for Oystercatchers include Skeldro, Chaldro and Shaalder.
At least if I call it Haematopus ostralegus everyone will know what I’m talking about, won’t they?
Arriving at Einar, the cattle are always keen to see what's happening. They approach me with tentative noses: