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Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birds of the Shore

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
1. Birds of the Shore Marker
Inscription. Through the seasons many species of birds flock to the beaches, marshes, dunes and bays of Assateague Island. Here they find abundant food---fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, and small mammals. Binoculars and a field guide will enhance your ability to identify and enjoy Assateague’s birds. Pictured here are three of the more than 200 species that are known to frequent the island.

Herring Gull
Have you noticed broken clam shells on the paved road? They were probably dropped by the herring gull who has learned this ingenious method for cracking shellfish. When a first attempt fails to open a shell, a persistent gull will carry it higher until he succeeds.

Herring gulls are abundant as Assateague all year. Adults may be recognized by their black wing tips and pink legs. Gulls under two years old are usually mottled gray.

Dunlins
Dunlins are medium-sized sand-pipers with bills curved slightly downward. Groups may be seen at the surf’s edge feeding on tiny marine organisms in the sand.

Dunlins nest by standing on one leg with heads tucked on their backs. Like other shorebirds, dunlins change color with the seasons. They are commonly seen, except in summer.
 
Location. 38° 19.517′ N, 75° 5.317′ 
Birds of the Shore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
2. Birds of the Shore Marker
W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. The marker is overlooking the Ocean City Inlet. Marker is in this post office area: Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Blue Crab (here, next to this marker); Shore Camping / Island Exploring (here, next to this marker); Island on the Move (within shouting distance of this marker); The Horseshoe Crab (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of the Whispering Giants (within shouting distance of this marker); Largest Fish (within shouting distance of this marker); British Manufactured Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); "The White Marlin Capital of the World" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean City.
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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