shore·​bird | \ ˈshȯr-ˌbərd How to pronounce shorebird (audio) \

Definition of shorebird

: any of a suborder (Charadrii) of birds (such as a plover or sandpiper) that frequent the seashore

Examples of shorebird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Life-long birder Christian Cooper takes a moment to watch the distant shorebird activity at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, CA. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 20 May 2022 Purple sandpipers spend winters on North Atlantic shores, farther north than any other shorebird, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 In the Bohai Bay of northern China, for instance, a critical migratory shorebird stopover, there are some 50,000 gem clams in one square meter of mud. Jim Robbins, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The oil spill threatens the remarkable comeback of the western snowy plover, a gray-feathered shorebird that makes nests from seashells. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 At Minimoy Island off Chatham, three Western sandpiperswere spotted among a good variety of other shorebird species., 24 July 2021 However, shorebird activity at coastal areas is where much seasonal bird activity will be at its peak in the days and weeks ahead., 31 July 2021 That ringing call was from another shorebird, a Lesser Yellowlegs. Jacob Job, Scientific American, 16 July 2021 June is also a month that sometimes welcomes the appearance of unexpected vagrants in Massachusetts, as well as the first early southbound shorebird migrants by month’s end., 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shorebird

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2022

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“Shorebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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shore·​bird | \ ˈshȯr-ˌbərd How to pronounce shorebird (audio) \

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: a bird (as a plover or sandpiper) that frequents the seashore


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