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These stocky shorebirds are always a treat to watch when you're along the rocky coastline. In California, we get both the black turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) and ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) species, which looks particularly stunning in its breeding plumage.
Ruddy turnstone, breeding plumageTurnstone, head onRunning ruddy turnstoneStrolling turnstoneRuddy turnstoneBlack turnstone on kelpTurnstone looking upTurnstone on kelpIntertidal turnstoneBlack turnstoneBlack turnstone in the intertidal zoneBlack turnstone on Drake's Beach