Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Also called the Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), this was another first for me. There were many of these little birds on the seashore bulldozing the seaweed out of their way with their heads in search of invertebrates hiding underneath it.

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Feel free to click the images to enlarge and click again to get even closer ā€¦

East Cowes, Isle of Wight. September 2019 Ā© Pete Hillman.


25 thoughts on “Turnstone

  1. I’ve seen this bird (actually, a male, female and a juvenile) just once. They’re so pretty, and they certainly do “turn” a lot in search of food!

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  2. Loved these Pete! We have a street on Kiawah named Ruddy Turnstone and I’d never realized these were the birds it was named for. Have seen them on our beach many times. Thanks for the connection!!

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    1. I think the colours of the sexes are the same Jill. The brighter one appears t be the summer colour, and the duller one coming into winter plumage.

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      1. Yeah, I was being funny with that one. Joe Walsh is a favorite and I know most of his songs. Saw him with The James Gang way back in my college days.

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