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Old Tuesday 17th August 2004, 20:29   #1
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Turnstones

Not exactly rarities, but I saw two immature Turnstone among 6 Redshank at South Shore, Flamborough last Saurday, (14th August). I'm no expert, but I would have thought they were quite unusual for this time of year?

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Old Tuesday 17th August 2004, 20:40   #2
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Quite a large number of Turnstones, many still in summer plumage, returning last week along the Morayshire coast. About the usual time of year that they return. A nice Purple Sand with them too.

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Old Tuesday 17th August 2004, 22:22   #3
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Not exactly rarities, but I saw two immature Turnstone among 6 Redshank at South Shore, Flamborough last Saurday, (14th August). I'm no expert, but I would have thought they were quite unusual for this time of year?

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They are lovely birds, aren't they? I would have thought they were quite common this time of year - I'm not at all sure, but don't the youngsters precede the adults on their way south? We saw lots of them when we were up in Northumberland the other week.
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Old Wednesday 18th August 2004, 16:17   #4
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Hi Steve

Of course you are correct. There a loads of Turnstones on the Northumberland coast right now. I tend to take these birds for granted I'm afraid but thought a small number stayed with us all summer, be they non breeders. I also thought they bred in Northern Scotland on occaisions. Perhaps someone needs to put me right on that.

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Old Wednesday 18th August 2004, 20:09   #5
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I don't know the answer, either, Brian - but I have sen them in summer in Wales, too, so maybe a few do breed in the UK?
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I'm no expert but we too have small numbers of them thoughout the year around Teesmouth and Hartlepool. Numbers have decidedly increased though over the last couple of weeks.
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I doubt they breed here, the ones you get throughout the Summer are probably 1st Summer birds (?)
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Old Saturday 21st August 2004, 22:29   #8
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Thanks everyone. Just shows you shouldn't believe everything you read in books!

And I thought they were very attractive too.

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Attractive indeed! Had a summer plumaged adult male right under our nose yesterday at Dawlish Warren. The tide pushed them right up to the hide and it was great to scope in on individual feathers and look into their eyes trying to see what they are thinking of us!
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Andrew they were briliant to watch so close and i was lucky to get some very good photos and of a few others, i could watch Turnstones all day long, flicking up pebbles and seaweed looking for tasties bites.
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I look forward to the photos when you check them out.
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I don't know if this is relevant but they are quite common round here, this is a photo I took a little while ago with an ordinary camera. Fingers crossed I got my ID right.

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Old Monday 23rd August 2004, 06:55   #13
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Yep! Turnstones alright Mick
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Yep! Turnstones alright Mick
Thank God for that, I was worried for a while, thanks.

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Not exactly rarities, but I saw two immature Turnstone among 6 Redshank at South Shore, Flamborough last Saurday, (14th August). I'm no expert, but I would have thought they were quite unusual for this time of year?

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Ruddy Turnstones are quite regular here in Victoria (Australia) during the summer months... the first arrivals should be appearing soon.

Redshank, however, is rarity to our shores (sometimes seen up north in Darwin, Broome etc),

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Is this a Turnstone?
I took this photo while visiting St Ives in Cornwall, on the 24th march 2004.
There was just the one, and it didn't seem at all concerned at my photographing it(him/her).
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Looks like one to me!

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Old Wednesday 10th November 2004, 19:28   #18
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Yes it is a Turnstone. I find they are often vey approachable too letting you walk within a couple of feet.

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David-there are loads of turnstones at Filey-only 15mins north of flamboro.
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