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Adorable Photos of Baby Shorebirds

Blended Family

Adopted baby duckling

(Image credit: Jarred Barr/WERC)

A family of avocets, a type of long-legged shorebird, adopted this fuzzy baby duckling. The blended family was discovered in wetlands at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, part of the massive South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project in San Francisco Bay. Here are more adorable baby photos from the bird monitoring effort in the Bay. [Read the full adoption story here.]

Baby mallard

Adopted duckling

(Image credit: Jarred Barr/WERC)

USGS biologists thinks it's likely the mallard duckling was separated from its family after it hatched, and then joined the avocet brood.

American Avocets

American avocets

(Image credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Adult avocets wade through a pond in this 2009 photo.

Forster's terns

Forster's terns

(Image credit: Andy Ganick/WERC)

A family of tern chicks being examined by biologists with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center in California.

Checking contamination

Black skimmer

(Image credit: Jarred Barr/WERC)

USGS biologist Kim Sawyer checks a black skimmer chick. Black skimmers are seabirds.

Skimmer nest

Black skimmer nest

(Image credit: Jarred Barr/WERC)

USGS biologist Andy Ganick at a black skimmer nest in the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project.

Becky Oskin
Becky Oskin
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.