Overwintering Ruddy Turnstones ?

To: Allan Richardson <>
Subject: Overwintering Ruddy Turnstones ?
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:47:40 +1000
Hi Allan,

Went back down to Soldiers Point with a stronger eyepiece today, and the birds 
definitely are Ruddy Turnstones.

I wonder how many others are lurking on rock platforms along the coast?

Carl Clifford

> On 4 Jul 2014, at 20:38, Allan Richardson <> wrote:
> Hi Carl,
> We've got two Turnstones over-wintering at Newcastle Ocean Baths this year as 
> well.
> Allan Richardson
> Morisset NSW
>> On 04/07/2014, at 4:32 PM, Carl Clifford wrote:
>> I think I have seen 5 Ruddy Turnstone on the rock shelf at Soldiers Point, 
>> Norah Head, NSW Central Coast. Two appear to be male partially in breeding 
>> plumage, though with not much sign of the characteristic "tortoise shell" 
>> colouration on the back. The feet and bill colouring, size and feeding 
>> habits are right. Unfortunately , I could not get very close due to the tide 
>> being in and I did not feel like taking my bins for a swim. 
>> Is it likely that we would see Turnstones in those numbers this time of year?
>> I will go back on the weekend , if the tide is right and try and get onto 
>> the shelf for a closer look.
>> The whale watching has been pretty good there as well the last couple of 
>> days.
>> Carl Clifford
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