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Shorebirds include the: avocets, oystercatchers, phalaropes, plovers, sandpipers, stilts, snipes, and turnstones. In general, they have long and thin legs with little to no webbing on their feet. They are usually small bodied with long thin bills. The differences in their bill lengths and shape allow the different shorebird species to forage for food within their habitat either on dry soil, mud, or in shallow water. They can be found in inter-tidal mudflats, estuaries, or salt marshes. Shorebird migration spans a great distance. The migratory paths are influenced by geography, wind, and weather patterns. During the spring, summer and fall migration, shorebirds rest and feed at stopover locations. Shorebirds eat a variety of invertebrate prey such as worms, insect larva, amphipods, copepods, crustaceans, and mollusks. - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Black Skimmer taking a bath in the ocean

Black Skimmer taking a bath in the ocean

American Oystercatcher chick running

American Oystercatcher chick running along the beach at the Nickerson Beach, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 S 1.4x extender

American Oystercatcher chick jumping

American Oystercatcher chick jumping and stretching its wings at the Nickerson Beach, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 S 1.4x extender

Willet Calling

Willet calling and rising its wings, photographed on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 mark II 1.4x extender

Purple Sandpiper

Close-up of a Purple Sandpiper looking straight to the camera - Photographed at Barnegat Light, New Jersey with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and 600mm IS f/4 mark II lens

Semipalmated Plover taking off

Semipalmated Plover taking off of the shallow water on the beach at Sandy Hook, New Jersey Bird Photography - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens

Black-bellied Plover pulling a worm out

New Jersey Bird Photography Black-bellied Plover pulling worm out from the ground at Sandy Hook, NJ - Canon 1D x 600mm II IS f/4 1.4x extender

American Oystercatcher tugging clam out of the shell

NJ Bird Photography - American Oystercatcher pulling clam out of the shell at Sandy Hook, New Jersey - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS 1.4x extender

American Golden-Plover

New Jersey Bird and Nature Photography - PhotographyAmerican Golden-Plover - Pluvialis dominica - standing in the water on the beach at Sandy Hook, Highlands, NJ - Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 II 1.4x exten

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

Feeding Semipalmated Plover with a worm stuck on the end of its tongue photographed at Sandy Hook NJ Canon 1Dx 600mm II f/4 IS 1.4x tc Bird Photography Charadrius semipalmatus