Ruddy Turnstone (breeding plumage)
Family: (Scolopacidae) Sandpipers, Phalaropes and Allies
Preferred Habitat: Beaches, mudflats.
Seasonal Occurrence: Common fall through spring; uncommon in summer.
Notes: The Ruddy Turnstone acquired its name from its habit of turning pebbles, shells or seaweed over with its bill as it looks for small invertebrates. It also uses its bill as a handy tool to pry open barnacles and digging out holes to search for food. Ruddy Turnstones are often found together with Black-bellied Plovers. They can be very aggressive in warding off the competition from food sources. In winter the Ruddy Turnstone's upper parts turn a dark brown.
- Susan Billetdeaux