Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) are common worldwide with most breeding in the northern tundra. There are some down here along the Gulf Coast, however, that choose to not go the extra mile and stay here year round instead. Currently, they are rocking their bold “calico” breeding plumage. These short and stocky shorebirds busily use their strong bills to probe the soil or turn over rocks for tasty morsels (hence their common name).
Here to Stay
Categories: Nature Notes