Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
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© David Hastings
DescriptionL: 21 - 24 cm; WS: 43 - 49 cm
The Turnstone has a mottled appearance, with brown or chestnut and black upperparts, and brown and white or black and white head pattern. It has white underparts and orange legs.
Birds from Northern Europe pass through Britain in July and August and again in spring. Birds from Canada and Greenland arrive in August and September and remain until April and May. Non-breeding birds may stay through the summer. Around 48000 birds spend the winter here, mainly on the coast.
Turnstones like rocky shores as well as sandy and muddy ones. They particularly like feeding on rocks covered with seaweed, and will feed along seawalls and jetties.
This species has 'amber' status on the British list.