wading bird


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wading bird

A type of bird with long legs and a long neck that is typically found in shallow water. Examples include the crane and the stork. Look at all that wading bird near the shore. I think it might be a heron.
See also: bird, wade
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Although Cuthbert Rookery is closed to the public, other accessible areas nearby host plenty of wading birds: During late winter and spring, walk around Eco Pond, close to the park's Flamingo Visitor Center, to see egrets, spoonbills, wood storks, and more.
In this paper, we present a test of our hypothesis using southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) and wading birds as predators on a common estuarine fish, spot (Leiostomus xanthurus).
Phil Burston, RSPB water policy officer, said work to keep the sites wet meant that at the beginning of the drought the reserves were in good condition with full pools, ditches and soggy fields attracting wading birds to breed - but now they were very dry.
The beach is protected as rare wading birds, known as black-tailed godwits, spend their winters on the mudflats.
Wading birds are often found on areas of damp, wet moorlands and rough grasslands, feeding on the worms and ground insects.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland said: "The Firth of Forth is one of the most important wading bird sites in Scotland.
The hedgehogs are being culled because they are eating the eggs of rare wading bird colonies.
Scottish Natural Heritage says the hedgehogs must be killed as they threaten the island's wading bird population.
They will be on the trail of the slender-billed curlew, a crow-sized wading bird which is now one of 47 "lost" bird species that may possibly have become globally extinct.
A rare wading bird that flies 1,600 miles every year from Russia to spend its summers on the British south coast has been shot dead by a Russian professor, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) says.
News quickly spread among the bird-watching fraternity and dozens descended on the nature reserve to catch a glimpse of the wading bird not usually seen further south than the Shetland Islands.
The wading bird is an exceptional breed and boasts an upturned bill.
It is also protected under UK law as home to many species of wading bird.
Worries about the impact of plans to upgrade the Aberdeen to Inverness road on the wading birds were raised at Holyrood.
The area also hosts a variety of wildlife including many species of insects, toads, frogs, turtles, small mammals, coyotes and birds such as warblers, wading birds, owls and hawks.