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Turnstone

What am I?

I am a wading bird.

Where do I come from?

Me and my buddies come to the Solent every winter from northern Greenland and Canada. We join other Turnstones that stay here all year round (lazy birdies!).

 

A bit about me

We feed on the shore turning over stones, pebbles and seaweed to look for insects, crustaceans and shellfish to eat. At low tide you can see us in flocks busily searching for food along the shore. Listen out for the noise of us rummaging around!

At high tide you will see us roosting on harbour walls, jetties and boats. We are resting up and waiting for the tide to go back out so we can carry on eating!

We get a lot of attention from people around the Solent as we are quite tame so you can get quite close to us.

Fun fact

As my name suggests I turn over stones to look for my food. I can even lift a stone as big as my body!

Conservation status

I'm amber listed in the UK .

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