Shorebirds: Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstones are stout, orange-legged coastal shorebirds who feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates. Their backs are chestnut and black during breeding season and a duller grayish brown in the off-season.

Photo of Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstones nest in the far north, and a portion of the species winters along the east coast of the U.S., typically from Massachusetts south. I photographed these birds during migration in late August in Biddeford Pool, ME. The smaller birds in the photo below are Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Photo of Ruddy Turnstones and Semipalmated Sandpipers

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