Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ruddy Turnstone

Erika and I saw a few sandpipers during our walk down the Rockport, Texas, Beach on 19 February 2014. Most common were Ruddy Turnstones. Note that this bird is running with both feet off the ground. I previously posted photos of this species from Florida.

Ruddy Turnstones are one of the most northern breeding shorebirds. They breed across the Arctic in North America, Europe, and Asia. They winter along the coasts of the United States and Central and South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego. Elsewhere they winter across the Pacific Ocean and the coasts of Africa and Asia. Their numbers are thought to have decreased since the 1800s, due to over hunting by people. In fact, they have disappeared or greatly decreased in some areas of Europe (Nettleship 2000).

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