Sandpipers are the smallest of all shorebirds, with the Least Sandpiper being the smallest in the world at about the size of a sparrow. Sandpipers are very common and widespread and can be found along the edges of marshes, mudflats, lakes and the ocean hunting for small crustaceans, marine worms, snails, fish and insects. The Ruddy Turnstone is a common shore bird that breeds in the arctic tundra, but spends the off seasons along rocky shores and sandy beaches. These shorebirds are quickly recognizable by their bold patterned feathers, similar to that of a calico cat, and orange legs. They flip over small rocks and debris to uncover insects and small crustaceans.


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