This is an image of a Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) in nonbreeding plumage that was taken at Fort De Soto’s north beach in Florida during the month of March a few years ago. The edges of the scapulars and coverts show wear, the face and back are brownish.
The image above shows a male Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage, this photo was also taken at Fort De Soto’s north beach in the month of May a few years ago. Breeding males are brighter and more colorful than breeding females. The males are striking with their black, white and ruddy calico pattern.
During migration some Ruddy Turnstones do stop over in Utah but I haven’t been able to approach them close enough to get quality images.
More Ruddy Turnstone images
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