Officials move endangered American oystercatcher chick, parents to safety in Del.

     The American oystercatcher is listed as an endangered species in Delaware (Emma Lee, for NewsWorks, file

    The American oystercatcher is listed as an endangered species in Delaware (Emma Lee, for NewsWorks, file

    Wildlife officials moved a 4-day-old American oystercatcher chick and its parents from the wrong side of a Route 1.

    Fish and Wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey says the birds, who nested near the Indian River Inlet Bridge, would have tried to cross the busy stretch of road to get to their foraging area on the bayside.

    Officials moved the chick and its parents on Wednesday.

    The American oystercatcher is listed as an endangered species in Delaware, with only about 25 breeding pairs in the state. It has distinctive black, white and dark brown plumage and bright orange bill.

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