Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ruddy Turnstone - Summer 2011
The first shore bird that we came across was the Ruddy Turnstone. This is one of the most easily identifiable shorebirds. So many shore birds look similar and it is not easy to approach them to get an ID as they lift off and move some distance away.
We were unsuccessful at Bellevue with our target bird, the Pacific Golden Plover, but we had plenty to keep us entertained.
Yesterday afternoon, I passed by Spaniard's Bay at just the right time. The low tide had exposed plenty of insects, mollusks and crustaceans. The Ruddy Turnstone will turn over stone to find morsels underneath, hence its name.