Ruddy Turnstone- Arenaria interpres
by Bryce W. Robinson
It’s been a real treat to see the Ruddy Turnstone on its breeding grounds. These birds have quite a story. Their name is fitting, as they are known to turn stones in search for food, but even more incredible in my eyes is a peculiar piece of their diet. The Ruddy Turnstone eats the eggs of other nests, a behavior quite unlike any other shorebird that I know. They are also quite tenacious. I’ve observed these birds chasing jaegers out of their territory, and while I was taking some time to watch and photograph a pair, they were unreserved in expressing their intolerance of my intrusion. It’s expected when I am hazed by territorial jaegers, but having a turnstone flying at my face comes rather unanticipated. It’s an experience worth having, trust me.
I had no idea that they were so ferocious on their breeding grounds! I expect that is a sight to see.
Ruddy Turnstone- bloody cool name
I think so too Mike. Like a private detectives name.
Love that breeding plumage and your interesting description of their behavior. Hope you’re still having a blast up there. I’ll bet you’re just one big mosquito bite by now…
I certainly am a big itching swell at the moment. The birds are worth it though!