A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Wed, 21 Sep '22
Migratory seabird
Sun, 7 Aug '22
"Royal" bird
Mon, 30 May '22
Arctic ___ (migratory bird)
Sat, 23 Apr '22
Bird with a forked tail
Sun, 6 Feb '22
Cousin of a skimmer
Tue, 11 Jan '22
Bird on a beach
Wed, 22 Dec '21
Cousin of a gull
Sun, 24 Oct '21
Bird with an annual 18,000-mile round-trip migration
Tue, 5 Jan '21
Relative of a sea gull