Scientific name: Arenaria interpres
Nature Stars: 60
About: A medium sized, plover-like bird of rocky shores and gravel beaches. In the winter they are dark brown above, with a black pattern on the face and breast, a white chin and white belly. During the summer, adults have large orange and black patches on the b
How to identify: Unmistakeable. When they fly, Turnstones have a big white patch on the back, broad white wing bars and white patches at the base of the tail.
Where: A common winter visitor to our coasts. Small numbers may be found all the year round.
Fantastic fact: Known in North America as the Ruddy Turnstone. There is a second species, the Black Turnstone that lives on the Pacific coast of North America.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc