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Slideshow: Blubbery shorebirds tough out winter in upper Cook Inlet

A flock of Pribilof Rock Sandpipers roosts on sea ice off the mouth of the Kasilof River with Mt. Redoubt in the background.
Dan Ruthrauff
A Pribilof Rock Sandpiper swallows a Macoma clam whole near the mouth of the Kasilof River.
Dan Ruthrauff
Macoma balthica clams are the primary food source for Rock Sandpipers birds all winter long in upper Cook Inlet.
Dan Ruthrauff
A small flock of Rock Sandpipers roosts near the splash zone along the shore of upper Cook Inlet at the mouth of the Kasilof River. Numerous individuals exhibit ice encasing their lower legs and adhering to their feathers. 12/19/2007
Dan Ruthrauff
A Rock Sandpiper has its lower left leg encased in ice at the mouth of the Kasilof River. 12/18/2007
Dan Ruthrauff
Pribilof Rock Sandpipers roost on floating ice near the mouth of the Kasilof River.
Dan Ruthrauff
Craig Medred