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This (Sandpiper like) bird, as well as many other species keep watch over Moffett Field wetlands. The shorebird in this picture is a greater yellowlegs (Tinga melanoleuca) which is a common bird found in our coastal salt marsh and tidal zones in winter months.  Generally, they summer/breed up north in Canada and Alaska and then migrate in the fall to winter along the west coast of the U.S. and Mexico.  Known for their loud call of a slightly descending series of three or more tew notes.  Diet consists of small fish, insects, snails, worms, and tadpoles.  used in Ames 60 yr. History NASA SP-2000-4314 ARC-1991-AC91-0121-1

This (Sandpiper like) bird, as well as many other species keep watch o...

This (Sandpiper like) bird, as well as many other species keep watch over Moffett Field wetlands. The shorebird in this picture is a greater yellowlegs (Tinga melanoleuca) which is a common bird found in our co... More

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Island, New York for coastal touring and shorebird protection grant announcement, selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on tenure of departing Secretary Gale Norton

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Isla...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Island, New York for coastal touring and shorebird protection grant announcement, selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on tenure of departing Secretary Gale Norton

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Isla...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Island, New York for coastal touring and shorebird protection grant announcement, selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on tenure of departing Secretary Gale Norton

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Isla...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Island, New York for coastal touring and shorebird protection grant announcement, selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on tenure of departing Secretary Gale Norton

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Isla...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Island, New York for coastal touring and shorebird protection grant announcement, selected for use in preparation of Department of Interior video on tenure of departing Secretary Gale Norton

Photograph, from coverage of visit of Secretary and staff to Long Isla...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

A skilled photographer captured this shorebird when there was perfect light to see all its markings. This Semipalmated Plover is in breeding plumage. Shorebird rests on a rock

Sanderlings

Sanderlings

Sanderlings follow the surf up and down the beach, probing for invertebrates in the sand.

Black Oystercatcher - Portrait

Black Oystercatcher - Portrait

The striking red beak and colorful eyes are characteristics that make the black oystercatcher easy to identify. This one also has metal band on its leg, put there by researchers to help identify this specific individual.

Two Adult Black Oystercatchers and Chick

Two Adult Black Oystercatchers and Chick

The chicks of black oystercatchers are covered in a soft grey down, and do not develop the distinctive orange beak till later in their development.

Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani), Kenai Fjords National Park, 2012.

Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani), Kenai Fjords National Park,...

Researchers study details in the black oystercatcher's eye to aid in determining the sex of the bird.

Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani), Kenai Fjords National Park, 2012.

Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani), Kenai Fjords National Park,...

Researchers study details in the black oystercatcher's eye to aid in determining the sex of the bird.

Black Oystercatcher - Profile I

Black Oystercatcher - Profile I

The distinct colors of the black oystercatcher stand out on the grey beaches that they inhabit.

A Black Oystercatcher Chick - Freshly Hatched

A Black Oystercatcher Chick - Freshly Hatched

Recently emerging out of its shell, a damp black oystercatcher chick curls up next to the remains of the egg.

Long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus), Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 2014.

Long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus), Golden Gate National Recreat...

The long-billed curlew's diet includes many invertebrates and even some vertebrates; however, its bill is best adapted for capturing shrimp and crabs living deep below tidal mudflats or earthworms in flooded pa... More

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Sitka National Historical Park, 2015.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Sitka National Historical Park, 2015.

This wading bird is one of the most widespread of the curlews, which are a group of birds characterized by long, slender, downcurved bills and mottled brown plumage.

Willet (Tringa semipalmata), Fort Matanzas National Monument, 2014.

Willet (Tringa semipalmata), Fort Matanzas National Monument, 2014.

Willets are a large shorebird in the sandpiper family, Scolopacidae. This willet caught a fiddler crab on the river shoreline. Other prey species include various marine invertebrates, grasshoppers or other insects.

White-rumped sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis), Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, 2015.

White-rumped sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis), Timucuan Ecological & H...

The white-rumped sandpiper is rare at the preserve but may be seen in spring and fall. Small shorebirds can be very difficult to distinguish from one another and are collectively called 'peeps' or 'stints'. One... More

Shorebirds congregate before migrating together, Cape Cod National Seashore, 2015.

Shorebirds congregate before migrating together, Cape Cod National Sea...

Fall is a great time for birdwatching in the national seashore as thousands of migrating birds congregate here to rest and feed (which is called staging) before making marathon migrations. Species like terns mu... More

Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata), City of Rocks National Reserve, 2015.

Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata), City of Rocks National Reserve, 2...

This small but stocky shorebird was almost reduced to extinction near the end of the 19th century by hunting and habitat descruction. However, this snipe is fairly common today.

Piping plover (Charadrius melodus) on a scrape, Assateague Island National Seashore, 2015.

Piping plover (Charadrius melodus) on a scrape, Assateague Island Nati...

Piping plovers are among the first migratory shorebirds to return to Assateague after a long winter. The males arrive early in March, usually a few weeks ahead of females. If he had a successful nest the previo... More

Pelagic cormorants perched on rocky island, Kenai Fjords National Park, 2015.

Pelagic cormorants perched on rocky island, Kenai Fjords National Park...

Pelagic cormorants (Phalacrocora pelagicus) are often seen drying their wings while perched upon small, rocky islands between foraging expeditions to the coastal ocean floor. This is because, like all cormorant... More

Birds gather at the edge of the Yukon River ice, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, 2015.

Birds gather at the edge of the Yukon River ice, Yukon-Charley Rivers ...

Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata), northern pintails (Anas acuta) and American wigeons (Anas americana) line the edge of the Yukon River ice, awaiting more ice breakup. Birds of the Anas genus are dabbling duc... More

Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata), Cape Krusenstern National Monument, 2016.

Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata), Cape Krusenstern National Monumen...

This snipe breeds in marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows. It likes to forage in the soft mud, probing or picking up food by sight. It prefers to conceal itself in vegetation but will fly away in a zig-zag pat... More

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit to Long Island, New York to announce shorebird protection grant to the Nature Conservancy and Long Island towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold. Photo was chosen for Interior video on Norton tenure

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit ...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit to Long Island, New York to announce grant to the Nature Conservancy and Long Island towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold for protection of habitat of endangered shorebird, the piping plover

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit ...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit to Long Island, New York to announce shorebird protection grant to the Nature Conservancy and Long Island towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold. Photo was chosen for Interior video on Norton tenure

Secretary Gale Norton stopping at Fire Island Lighthouse during visit ...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher is a large heavily-built shorebird. Adults have black upperparts, their underparts vary from all black, through a range of ‘smudgy’ intermediate states to white..Variable oystercatche... More

White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced herons occur throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. They are a relatively new species in New Zealand, having self-introduced in the 1940s. From the 1950s onwards numbers have grown rapidl... More

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)

The variable oystercatcher is a large heavily-built shorebird. Adults have black upperparts, their underparts vary from all black, through a range of ‘smudgy’ intermediate states to white. They have a conspicuo... More

Oyster catcher.

Oyster catcher.

The variable oystercatcher is a familiar stocky coastal bird with a long, bright orange bill, found around much of New Zealand. They are often seen in pairs probing busily for shellfish along beaches or in estu... More

Variable oystercatcher NZ

Variable oystercatcher NZ

The variable oystercatcher is a familiar stocky coastal bird with a long, bright orange bill, found around much of New Zealand. They are often seen in pairs probing busily for shellfish along beaches or in estu... More