Monday, April 2, 2012

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstones are another common coastal shorebird that migrate over Minnesota to the High Arctic. Like the Sanderling in the last post, these photos were taken in Florida a couple of years ago. Even in their relatively dull basic plumage, turnstones are striking when they fly. Note the turnstone's slightly upturned bill--evident in the lower photo. Turnstones flip pebbles and other beach detritus in search of just about anything edible--invertebrates, small fish, human garbage, and even other birds' eggs (Nettleship 2000).

1 comment:

  1. I love these. We did a March trip up the northern California coast to Arcata three or four years ago that was wonderful for wintering shorebirds.