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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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 (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
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
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