Shorebirds are a very large group of birds and a number of them can be found here in The Sea Ranch. Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia, Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, Black Turnstone, Arenaria melanocephala, Surfbird, Aphriza virgata, Sanderling, Calidris alba, Western Sandpiper, Calidris mauri, Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla, Baird's Sandpiper, Calidris bairdii, Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos, Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus, Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus, Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana, Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor, Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, Kildeer, Charadrius vociferus, and Red Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicaria.

Here are images of ten of the Shorebird Group - Black Turnstone, Arenaria melanocephal; Surfbird, Aphriza virgat;, Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus; Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana; Kildeer, Charadrius vociferus; Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutill; Red-necked Phalarope, Phalarpus lobatus; Willet, Tringa semipalmate; Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes; and Semipalmated Plover, Charadrius semipalmatus.

Turnstone is a small wading bird that frequents the splash zone. You will frequently see him foraging in the same places that Oystercatcher likes. Turnstone is much smaller than Oystercatcher, as can be seen from these pictures. Nor does Turnstone have the same claim to color as Oystrercatcher, but when Turnstone spreads his wings to fly he literally unfolds a magnificent design in black and white. Being smaller, Turnstone is even harder to see than Oystercatcher. Look closely where the waves are splashing against the rocks and watch for him in flight. Turnstone got his name because you will sometimes actually see him turning over stones to get at the small invertebates that make up the bulk of his diet.

Oystercatcher & Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Most Americans live outside the splash zone.
That tends to make Shorebirds exotic creatures.

Surfbird