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Piping Plover - Its "sand-colored" back makes it difficult to observe when its nesting in the sand.
Ruddy Turnstone - Found near rocks or seashells. Uses its bill to flip shells.
Sanderling - Can be found hovering over the waves. Spends most of the year near New England beaches and breeds in the Arctic.
Western Sandpiper - A small shorebird also known as "peeps".
Royal Tern - Hovers above the open sea than dives below the water surface for fish. Nests in the sand or dead grass.
Cormorant - medium to large seabirds which travel in flocks. These fish eaters will dive below the water surface and feed on water snakes and eels. They nest in trees, rocky surfaces or cliffs.
American Oystercatcher - a very large and beautiful shorebird that is identified immediately by its large, orange beak which is used to pry open shells. Development and recreational use of nesting beaches has caused a decline in the Oystercatcher population.
Laughing Gull - identified immediately by its high pitched laughing call. Its dark grey wings and long red beak separate this gull from its counterparts.
Herring Gull - the most common and abundant gull found in New England. This gull can be found at beaches and garbage dumps. It communicates via calls and body language. These gulls will not flock together, instead, they keep a safe distance from each other.