My unscientific observation of this chubby sandpiper, the Ruddy Turnstone, is that it is ADORABLE.
This observation was made yesterday afternoon while sitting in a beach chair on Tiger Shores Beach on Hutchinson Island. No hardship was experienced in the taking of these photos.
Highly trained German Shepherd no longer attempts to retrieve cast lures, as in days of old.
Breezy but not windy, with temps in the upper 80s and an occasional passing tropical shower. There will be no complaints here.
This bird retains its beautiful breeding plumage still.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology…
There are about 350 species of shorebirds (order Charadriiformes) in the world, but there are only 2 turnstones, the Ruddy Turnstone and the Black Turnstone, both of which occur in North America.
Young turnstones need to grow up and learn to fly quickly. They take their first flight when they are around 19 days old and fly thousands of miles to the nonbreeding grounds 2 days later. To make things harder, their parents will have departed by this time, leaving the youngsters to make their first migration on their own.
Ruddy Turnstones need to fly fast to cover the enormous distances between their breeding and nonbreeding grounds. Flight speeds of turnstones average between 27 and 47 miles per hour.
Amazing and adorable.