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There is highway robbery, and then there is shore robbery. Early one morning two weeks ago, I saw a Sandpiper catching a clam on the seashore of Assateague Island in Maryland.

Sandpiper catching clam.

Sandpiper trying to open clam.

Out of nowhere, a Boat-tailed Grackle swooped in and stole the food.

Boat-tailed Grackle stole the clam.

A dejected Sandpiper left the scene.

I thought that was the end of it, but just as I turned away, another Grackle flew in, snatched the clam, and flew away.

Boat-tailed Grackle watching after another Grackle took the clam away.

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