Sandpipers and Allies

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These birds belong to the Scolopacidae family which is a group of small and medium wading birds.  They have long, slender legs and bills that are more slender than plovers.  They are mainly gregarious birds,   wintering along the coast where they feed on crustaceans, insects, mollusks, worms and invertebrates. In the summer some feed on seeds and berries.  They can be told from one another by their size and also by bill, wing, tail and rump patterns.  They begin to molt as they migrate to their winter grounds with most   having 3 plumages.  The sexes are alike.

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