Arenaria interpres (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ruddy Turnstone

The Ruddy Turnstone is an abundant migrant at Kwajalein. Large numbers generally show up at Kwajalein in April or so from their breeding grounds in the northern latitudes (typically Alaska and perhaps Siberia) and depart again by the end of August or early September. They can be seen usually in small groups walking around and pecking at insects. They will also feed on small invertebrates exposed at low tide on the intertidal reef. They develop their striking breeding plumage late in their stay at Kwajalein.

Small groups are the norm for these birds.

Feeding on the intertidal reef at low tide.

Their banded pattern on the back in flight is distinctive.

Created 24 January 2018

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