I’m pretty sure these shorebirds are plovers. I might go as far as to say they are possibly juvenile Black-bellied Plovers or non-breeding adults. Chime in here all you bird experts and correct me if I’m wrong please! And inform me how to tell the difference 🙂
They were immensely entertaining on my beach walks at the Stone Harbor point. Their antics near the waterline were comical – running, stopping to peck at the sand for food, running some more. They reminded me of children frantically chasing the swash and backwash of the incoming waves trying not to get their feet wet. It was almost as if they were moving in fast motion – their little legs a blur as they ran!