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  • Pintail rotator

    Northern Pintail

    Slim and long-necked, the northern pintail has a distinctive silhouette.

  • Shoveler rotator

    Northern Shoveler

    Its elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges, which filter out food from the water.

  • Turnstone rotator

    Ruddy Turnstone

    This stocky, brightly patterned shorebird, can be seen actively pecking, probing, and flipping over stones along rocky shores.

  • Tattler rotator

    Wandering Tattler

    This bird can be seen bobbing and teetering among the rocks and waves during winter and migration.

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015
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