Sand birds

(Zool.) a collective name for numerous species of limicoline birds, such as the sandpipers, plovers, tattlers, and many others; - called also shore birds.

See also: Sand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
A little gray-coated sand bird came tripping over the beach `peeping' softly to itself, as if enjoying the sun and sea.
REMEMBER ME Cemeteries in far off lands Where war was fought on sea and sand Birds dart and twitter in frantic flight unaware of soldiers' plight.