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Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Ruddy Turnstone is a small wading bird, now classified in the sandpiper family but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. This a fairly small and stocky bird can always be seen during the winter on the Port Aransas beach near the South Jetty.

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