What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Once upon a time the oystercatcher had the unflattering name of ‘Sea Pie’, until Mark Catesby rebranded them after watching the birds feed on oysters.
Until somewhere around 1940, the Canarian Oystercatcher, a species endemic to the Canary Islands, lived. Haematopus meadewaldoi is sadly now extinct.
Although they’re called ‘Oystercatchers’, they eat far more than oysters and some species hardly touch their namesake. In fact the Black Oystercatcher prefers mussels and limpets.
When St. Bride, or Brigid, was fleeing from persecution, she collapsed on the seashore where oystercatchers covered here with seaweed, hiding her. They are sometimes also known as St. Brigid’s birds. In addition, the Hebrides in Scotland are also known as ‘Bride’s Isles’, owing to the belief that she arrived on the islands with oystercatchers on her wrists.