RUDDY TURNSTONE
Arenaria interpres

 

A plump, short-legged shorebird with a rusty patchwork pattern above, a white belly, dark upper breast, and orangey legs. Seeing these shorebirds brazenly scurrying under—even on—the tables for leftovers at the open-air restaurants of the resorts, it’s hard to believe they actually breed in the desolate regions of the Arctic. Look for turnstones also scuttling along the rock outcroppings of beaches and busying about on fishing piers.