Ruddy Turnstone

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Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage.
Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) are a common breeder on the coastal tundra in Northwest Alaska. Their faces and breasts are black-marked with a short slightly upturned bill. Their wings have a unique brown, black, and white pattern. Their name comes from the fact that they often forage for food by turning over stones and other objects. Males will scrape the ground in their territory before the female starts to lay eggs, which is part of the courtship process and nest site selection processes. However no eggs are laid in the scrapes. Ruddy Turnstones are an uncommon breeder on the Seward Peninsula but do breed along the northern coast from Wales to Cape Espenberg including.

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About seven of these arrived around Mid-May 2008. In the past these plump shorebirds were hunted for food. Young hunters do not hunt these too much anymore.

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