Why Turnstones

In this short video, photographer James Kusz reveals why these birds bear the name “turnstones.” They literally use their beaks to flip over stones, looking for edibles underneath.

The Black Turnstone is versatile. It can also use its beak like a woodpecker to hammer at barnacles and extract the little creature within.

These birds breed in summer on the northwest coast of Alaska. When that gets too cold they migrate south and feed on the Pacific coast, rarely far from water, as far south as Baja California.

More info: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon

Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)

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