Herring Gulls are one of the most familiar gulls of the East Coast and many people just call them “seagulls.” In fact, some two dozen different species of gulls live in North America, and they present almost endless opportunities for identification.
Greater Yellowlegs is common, tall, long-legged shorebird of freshwater ponds and tidal marshes, the Greater Yellowlegs frequently announces its presence by its piercing alarm calls. The photograph of this Greater Yellowlegs was taken at the newly constructed blind on the East Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The Spotted Sandpiper is the most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wing beats, and showy courtship dances, the Spotted Sandpiper is among the most notable and memorable shorebirds in North America.
The Piping Plover is a threatened and endangered shorebird. Critical nesting habitats are now being protected to help the population during its breeding season. Populations have seen significant increases since the protection programs began, but the species remains in serious danger.
To hear the sounds for the Piping Plover, click on the arrow below.