Ruddy Turnstone: A Migratory Visitor to the Crystal Coast

The Ruddy Turnstone, once included in the Plover family, is a migratory member of the sandpiper family. Like many of our migratory shorebird visitors the Ruddy Turnstone breeds in tundra areas during the summer. Over winter and during migration they can be found along coastal areas, preferring mudflats they can alos be found along rocky shorelines and sandy beaches. They will eat about anything they can find under rocks… hence their name based on feeding behavior, “turn stone.”

The Ruddy Turnstone has a distinctive Harlequin pattern to their plummage.

The Ruddy Turnstone can be found along North Carolina's coast during the winter and when they are migrating.

Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage.

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  1. MarkSpizer May 3, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    great post as usual!

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