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Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Common along rocky or sandy shorelines. Uses short upturned bill to flip over rocks and debris to look for food. Breeds on rocky arctic coasts and tundra. On migration and in winter, mostly along rocky shores, but also sand beaches and mudflats. The male’s scrapes are made before the female starts to lay eggs, and are part of the courtship and nest site selection process. No eggs are laid in the scapes the male makes.