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Shorebirds are delightful to see when kayaking

May 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Nature

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Shorebirds

Thanks to our bird buddy, Len Blumin!  We could not even hope to get such wonderful photos while in a kayak so especially appreciate your sharing of both photos and great info!  (be sure to click on the photo to enlarge and see the wondrous colors, click the back button to return to the blog)

The Ruddy Turnstones we watched (late April) were almost all in bright chestnut plumage, suggesting they were males. The female Ruddy is said to be “duller”. ….“Arenaria” said to mean “of the sand”, and “interpres” an “interpreter of omens”, here referring to a bird that alerts other shorebirds of danger by calling out.  Only 2 species are in the genus Arenaria, the other being our Black Turnstone. The Ruddy Turnstone is seen on shorelines throughout the world.  They breed in the high arctic, and are territorial and monagamous.  While breeding they eat mostly diptera (flies), but the rest of the year along the coastlines they will feed on almost any protein they find, including carrion or garbage.  Cheers, Len

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