shorebird

noun
shore·bird | \ˈshȯr-ˌbərd \

Definition of shorebird 

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

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Save the swimming for nearby Bradley Point and Morse parks and take the binoculars to Sandy Point to watch the shorebirds. BostonGlobe.com, "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 Stakeholders later agreed it would be managed differently from most parks in Anchorage, as a quiet place for shorebirds and wildlife but with trails and overlooks where people could view them. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Worries about wildlife prompt push for dog ban in South Anchorage estuary," 27 May 2018 Aquatic birds, including wild ducks and migrating shorebirds, are considered nature’s main reservoir for influenza. Washington Post, "Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration," 28 June 2018 Mecklenburg County does not have a whole lot of habitat that attracts large numbers of shorebirds, but there is potential for a nice local rarity, especially as August approaches. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Bird activity slows this time of year, but it’ll pick up soon," 27 June 2018 Out on the water, scoters, eiders, ducks, and various species of shorebirds are in almost constant view. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Size: Adults weigh about 2.2 pounds and have a wingspan of 24 to 35 inches, making it the largest shorebird in North America. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are curlews declining in Idaho? Turns out, humans are their most deadly predator.," 18 June 2018 In an interior wetland, a boardwalk is routed through a marsh that receives a procession of migratory shorebirds. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to Coyote Hills," 17 June 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge were were nine whip-poor-wills, a tricolored heron, 15 species of shorebirds, and two seaside sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 2 June 2018

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circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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shorebird

noun
shore·bird | \ˈshȯr-ˌbərd \

Kids Definition of shorebird

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

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