Beaks at the beach
Here are three birds you may spot by the sea
This pretty gull nests on cliffs around the UK, laying its eggs in nests lined with seaweed and moss. Unlike some other gulls, kittiwakes don’t scavenge – they get all their food by fishing.
Squat and short-legged, the plover looks a little out of place among the taller wading birds, but it scurries around foraging for insects, worms, crustaceans and molluscs regardless.
Using its long legs and beak, the oystercatcher searches for shellfish. This wader has started to move inland too and can easily be located by its loud, high-pitched piping call.