American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), occasionally called the American Pied Oystercatcher - a member of family Haematopodidae. The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches (42 – 52 cm) in length.
This piping plover may look like it has many legs, but it is taking its four newborns under its wing to keep them warm. Photographer Michael Milicia snapped away as the young shorebirds hid at Sandy Point State Reservation in Massachusetts.