sandpiper

noun
sand·​pip·​er | \ˈsan(d)-ˌpī-pər \

Definition of sandpiper 

: any of various small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae, the sandpiper family) distinguished from the related plovers chiefly by the longer and soft-tipped bill

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In this May 22, 2018 photo, ruddy turnstones, larger birds, and semipalmated sandpipers walk near the shoreline at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township NJ. Washington Post, "Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration," 28 June 2018 Newburyport: At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge were four horned grebes, one snowy owl, 50 purple sandpipers, 44 migrating northern harriers, and 41 migrating American kestrels. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018 Rockport-Fulton The still-recovering coastal community's Rockport Beach Park offers close observations of egrets, terns, gulls, plovers, sandpipers and a blanket of nesting black skimmers. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Among other subjects, the book explores the sea’s geography, its intertidal life, its deeps, diving mammals and birds, and epic migrations of some of its animals, from salmon to gray whales to sandpipers. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "New children’s book dives deep into the Salish Sea," 23 Apr. 2018 Be sure to bring your binoculars: dowitchers, western sandpipers and American avocets are all on display. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best hikes in Napa for wine lovers," 21 Feb. 2018 Feeding together in tight flocks for safety, plovers, dowitchers and sandpipers feed skittishly. Dave Taft, New York Times, "A Shorebird to Watch," 15 Sep. 2017 The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings. Ned Rozell, Alaska Dispatch News, "On a long hike in the Arctic, you learn to savor each bug-free moment," 15 July 2017 Bartender use subject: SANDPIPER BARTENDER Waitress use subject: SANDPIPER WAITRESS SPORTS BAR PATRONS FOR A 2-DAY BOOKING Casting individuals ages 20-40’s to portray sports bar patrons at a bar. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "“Tag” needs lots of extras for country club, wedding, bar scenes," 13 July 2017

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1674, in the meaning defined above

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sandpiper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sandpiper

: a type of bird that has long legs and a long bill and that lives near the sea

sandpiper

noun
sand·​pip·​er | \ˈsand-ˌpī-pər \

Kids Definition of sandpiper

: a small shorebird with long slender legs and bill

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