RUDDY TURNSTONE

RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)

The Ruddy turnstone is a shorebird about 22 cm long (9 in.) and as its name implies, uses its bill to move stones (see photo below) and other materials on beaches to feed on invertebrates that hide under. The adult has orange legs and a dark bill, and a mix of white, black and orange colors. The juvenile looks very different, as can be seen below.

This bird breeds in the Arctic and migrates as far south as Australia. In PEI it is fairly common in the fall, on its migration.

Ruddy turnstone, adult - Brackley Beach, PEI - May 3, 2017 - by Richard Smith
Ruddy turnstone, adult – Brackley Beach, PEI – May 3, 2017 – by Richard Smith
Ruddy Turnstone - St. George Island State Park, FL - Apr. 2, 2018 - photo by Roberta Palmer
Ruddy Turnstone – St. George Island State Park, FL – Apr. 2, 2018 – Roberta Palmer
Ruddy turnstones, nonbreeding adults - Beach Point, PEI - Sept. 14, 2017 - © Chris Rice
Ruddy turnstones, nonbreeding adults – Beach Point, PEI – Sept. 14, 2017 – Chris Rice
Ruddy turnstone in flight - Brackley Beach, PEI - May 3, 2017 - by Richard Smith
Ruddy turnstone in flight – Brackley Beach, PEI – May 3, 2017 – by Richard Smith
Ruddy Turnstone flipping a rock taller than itself - Chris Rice
Ruddy Turnstone flipping a rock taller than itself – Beach Point, PEI – Sept. 14, 2017 Chris Rice
Ruddy Turnstone juvenile -Savage Harbor, PEI - Sept. 2016 - © Marie Smith
Ruddy Turnstone juveniles look very different than adults -Savage Harbor, PEI – Sept. 2016 – © Marie Smith
Ruddy Turnstone non-breeding adult, front view - Borden, PEI - Sept. 2, 2013
Ruddy Turnstone non-breeding adult, front view – Borden, PEI – Sept. 2, 2013 – Roberta Palmer

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