Long Beach, NY Visitor

We saw about 10 birds at the water's edge with long, pointed blood orange/red beaks and orange eyes. They were much bigger than sandpipers, but moved around the same way (vs. a more plodding seagull). These were seen August 25, 2012. When we went walking on the beach the next day, they were no where in sight. This is our second summer here and we have never seen them before (or now since!). Please tell us what type of bird they are?

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Aug 27, 2012
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by: Susan

Likely American Oystercatchers.

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