Wild Harris

Turnstone

Turnstone 1 CReddick.jpgTurnstone    (Photo: Cliff Reddick)

The turnstone is a plump-looking wader that is often seen on its own poking around for food on the beach. It is more brightly coloured than the other waders on the beach, with its orange and brown mottled pattern on the back and its short orange legs.

It spends the winter in Harris feeding on the beaches, before returning to its Arctic breeding grounds in summer. It will feed on anything it finds on the beach – mussels, barnacles, insects, even household scraps.

It is one of the most tame of the waders – if you sit still on the beach you can watch then feeding quite close to you.

by Alison Tyler