One Good Turnstone

Here I thought I’d got lucky and spotted a Ruddy Turnstone, a more reddish cousin of the Black Turnstones, seen just recently. In winter, their feather coats are a very similar brown. But when I got the images home and looked at the detail, and checked it on the web, nope. Ruddy Turnstones in their winter (nonbreeding) plumage have orange legs. This one does not. So, it’s a Black Turnstone. What’s unusual about it is that it was alone. They’re usually in a flock. Whatever the reason, this bird was taking advantage of the low tide. Lots to eat. It’s very likely filling up for energy on its northward migration. They breed and nest on the northwest coasts of Alaska, a flight of about 2,500 miles.

More: Cornell Audubon Wikipedia

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

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