Black Turnstone?

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While hiking around a rock outcrop in an attempt to get a better view of some large breaking waves I came across this guy busy foraging along the rocks near the shoreline. Since we spend so little time along the coast our shorebird identification skills are a bit lacking especially when the birds are dressed in their non-breeding plumage. My best guess is that this is a Black Turnstone albeit not looking very black this day. I welcome correction and tips for identification of shorebirds from costal dwellers.

Northern California Coast.

12 thoughts on “Black Turnstone?

    1. HI and it is tough identifying shorebirds when you don’t see them frequently. I usually need to take photos first and then use them to do the identification latter in the comfort of the house and with with the assistance of Professor Google.

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