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Travel Tuesday: ruddy turnstone


ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) / Steinwälzer

The ruddy turnstone is a small wading bird. Here we have one in its winter habit or non-breeding plumage. They are running restless along the shore during the surf to find some food.

Take care!


8 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: ruddy turnstone”

    1. Thanks, Jane. According to Wikipedia, both species are easy to mix up. I found this on the page for the ruddy turnstone: “It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as turnstone.” Charadriidae is the name of the family, plover belongs to.

        1. 😀 It’s my pleasure, Jane. You’re welcome
          It’s often hard to distinguish between birds: you have males vs. females, nuptial plumage vs. winter plumage and adult vs. adolescent.
          And, to make it more complicate, some birds vary much in their plumage depending on food, region or per incident

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