A rest at the beach.

Turnstones resting on the beach, at Meon Shore near Titchfield Haven. Their colouring against the beach gravel shows these little birds camouflage is excellent at hiding them on the foreshore. 

I was able to creep up fairly so close my camouflage must have been not too bad.


Ruby Turnstones are often spotted working their way around large stones on rocky or gravelly shores. They flip over stones to look for food. It can even lift rocks as big as its own body. Although a migrant to the UK, it can be seen all year-round as different populations arrive throughout the seasons.


Although they don’t breed in the UK, they can be seen throughout the year as birds from northern Europe pass through in summer and again in spring. Birds from Canada & Greenland arrive in early autumn and leave in early summer.