Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Ruddy turnstone in breeding plumage. Photo by Bill Thompson, III

Ruddy Turnstone

From April through September, the ruddy turnstone has a zebra-striped face and breast and rusty (or ruddy) wings. The rest of the year, the bird wears a much-faded version of this plumage. Its short legs remain orange year-round. Listen For A ternlike klew! alarm call, plus an unmusical chatter, kkkkkkkrrrkkkkkrr. Remember Even in its dull winter plumage, the …

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