28th December 2014

Turnstones are usually seen feeding on the shore-line, eating crustaceans and mussels, and insects found by using their strong beaks to probe under stones or seaweed. Today though, walking in the beautiful sunshine on Galley Hill, Bexhill, I watched a dozen

Turnstones on the cliffs

Turnstones on the cliffs

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lovely Turnstones feeding on insects in the grass at the edge of the cliff. They eat the most varied diet of any wader, apparently prepared to scavenge dead carcasses of animals and birds, potato peelings and all sorts! They are also one of the furthest travelled, and we see most overwintering, having flown from their breeding grounds on the high Arctic, only about 500 miles from the North

IMG_7533Pole. Though you’ll see most in winter, they can be seen passing through in spring or summer but they don’t breed in the UK. They are less colourful in winter but their bright orange legs and white breasts with the two dark breast-patches and mottled backs make them very attractive and  easy to identify at any time. Conditions: A cold, dry and bright day. Temperature: Max  3- Min  -2 C

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