Ruddy Turnstones

The ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird that spend most of their time creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones.  They are medium-sized, plover-like birds of rocky shores and gravel beaches and can be regularly seen in St Ives, Padstow and other parts of Cornwall during the winter. They are quite tame and approachable as they walk along the harbour walls.


  1. Dina says:

    Aren’t they just gorgeous! 🙂 Lovely composition in the second image, Jude.
    Sending you greetings from much too warm Norway. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was as if they were posing for me Dina, three in a row like that! I heard that Norway would be getting this mild air up from the south. A shame it is only for a few days as I am loving seeing the sun at last!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Serious looking guys, aren’t they? 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wish I’d taken some bird deed with me, they would probably have eaten it from my hand!

  3. Sadje says:

    Beautiful birds.

  4. beetleypete says:

    I have probably seen these over the years, and never knew what they were called. Lovely shots, Jude. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They scurry around on the ground a lot and quite fast too!

  5. Colline says:

    They really blend in well with the surroundings

  6. pommepal says:

    Those orange legs stand (🙄) out

    1. Heyjude says:

      The ruddy part I suppose!

  7. Sue says:

    Well, at least they’re not ruddy turncoats! They look lovely little birds, and agree with Dina re photo 2

  8. We love seeing these little birds in St Ives, always so busy. 🙂

  9. bushboy says:

    Ever so lovely Jude 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Brian 🙂

  10. What an unusual name for a bird. They do look very friendly and companionable.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are lovely little birds and so friendly, much nicer than the huge gulls! And they really do turn stones over, I have seen them 🙂

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