Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstones

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Photographed in Aberdesach, Clynnog, Wales, in October 2007.

The ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small sandpiper. It breeds in northern Eurasia and North America, and winters in coastlines around the world. They have an average lifespan of 9 years, although it has been known for them to live for 19.