Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turstone (Arenaria interpres) is a common shorebird on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

They can be seen foraging along the water's edge flipping over stones and rocks with their beak .

They are in search of prey or other debris hiding underneath rocks and seaweed. Small clams, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, and insects are all part of the Ruddy Turnstone diet.

Also look for the short, black, slightly upturned bill but the orange legs are a sure give-away to the positive identification.

They do not breed or nest in Florida.

Ruddy Turnstone is considered a winter resident from August to May. But they have been known to summer here. I'm going to make a note of whether I see them this summer.


Floridacracker said...

Beautiful shots in gorgeous light.

Aunt Diane said...

Thank you for the lovely shots. You have helped me to appreciate where I live and to press on in discovering the simple joys of our beautiful inlands and coasts.

Meems said...

Ruddy is a beautiful specimen in the beach light. Thank you.

Aunt Diane,
Simple joys often unnoticed as we go about our daily lives. I know I forget sometimes to pay attention I get so used to the beauty! Thank you.