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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) | by Gerald (Wayne) Prout
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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Photographed the Ruddy Turnstone feeding at the Gulf Club Private Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in the City of New Port Richey in Pasco County Florida U.S.A.

 

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is

often known simply as Turnstone.

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Taken on March 3, 2014