Black Turnstones

Here’s a bird often seen more on the shores of the outer BC coast than the inner estuaries and inlets. I came across these guys in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, just a bit farther west to Friday’s ‘Fall Favourite’ shot. As their name suggests, Black Turnstones (Arenaria melanocephala) – members of the sandpiper family of shorebirds –  do actually throw over stones and other debris such as shells etc. in their search for food. Often seen in flocks, but I have also seen them in numbers as low as two to five and regardless of the number, once one is startled the alert goes up and the whole bind (a group of sandpipers) takes noisily to the wing.

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