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Ruddy Turnstone   Arenaria interpres

The Ruddy Turnstone breeds in the high Arctic regions throughout the northern hemisphere.  It is one of the most widespread shorebirds in the world, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. These birds spend their winters along almost all temperate and tropical coastlines from Washington and Newfoundland south to central Chile and central Argentina.

In Florida, this species is common to abundant along both the Atlantic and Gulf coastlines during the winter months.  They migrate north in March-April and return in August-September.  However, some non-breeding birds remain in Florida throughout the summer months.