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Ruddy turnstone (bathing)

Arenaria interpres


A small wading bird with a calico pattern upper-side and white underneath. There are black patterns on neck and head which become more extensive during breeding season. The bill is dark and slightly upturned (to help them turn over debris). Their feet are also specially designed with somewhat spiny, sharply curved toe nails that help them walk on slippery rocks (pic 5). I was able video a full bathing session:


Spotted along the beach at Alabama Point - Gulf State Park.


Ruddy Turnstones need to fly fast to cover the enormous distances between their breeding and nonbreeding grounds. Flight speeds of turnstones average between 27 and 47 miles per hour.

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Orange Beach, Alabama, USA

Lat: 30.27, Long: -87.55

Spotted on Jan 24, 2019
Submitted on Feb 2, 2019

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