Ruddy Turnstone

The ruddy turnstone is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. The scientific name is from Latin. The genus name arenaria derives from arenarius, “inhabiting sand, from arena, “sand”. Wikipedia

In the winter months you will find these sociable little birds running around St Ives and Marazion, spending most of their time creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones.


  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice close up, Jude. I must have seen them at some time, during many visits to Cornwall. But I never knew the name.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I only see them during the winter so I assume they have migrated from Canada and Greenland where they breed. Some birds also arrive in the UK during the summer on their way to Africa from Northern Europe stopping along the North Sea coast.

  2. Arkenaten says:

    Lovely shot.
    Their upper body markings blend perfectly with the rock background.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The breeding birds have colours like a tortoiseshell cat. Shame they don’t breed here.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    A totally lovely little bird. Great photo. Thanks.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are very cute and run around your feet around the harbour!

      1. Elizabeth says:

        So they are unfazed by people?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Seems so, they practically run over your feet 🙄

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Isn’t it lovely

  5. Suzanne says:

    Birds are a source of seaside entertainment, less so when holding a chip 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      These little waders are very cute, the seagulls not so much.

  6. restlessjo says:

    I feel the same about the little sanderlings on the beach but I’m rarely quick enough to get a decent shot. 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      The Sanderlings are very quick, I haven’t seen any here yet this year, but hope to get in a few winter beach walks if this wind and rain lets up long enough!

  7. JohnRH says:

    Good capture.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks John. They are rather cute.

  8. Oh, so cute! Love the name too. 😅

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