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SANDPIPERS
Alaska is home to a wide variety of Sandpipers, many very similar in coloring making them quite difficult to distinguish.

Others can vary considerably in size, shape and coloring. A distinguishing feature of all Sandpipers is their long, slender bill which is soft and flexible. Sandpipers can be found typically around lakeshores, intertidal areas and other moist places.

 

When foraging for food Sandpipers move slowly and continuously, probing or picking for insects, worms, crustaceans and mollusks. They nest in a shallow depression in the ground, laying usually 4 eggs. They are a quite gregarious bird and can be seen in large flocks, often several species together.

 

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