Documentation of Ruddy Turnstone

Observer Information

Reporter:  Coen Dexter  1959 Golf Course Lane,   Cortez, CO  81321
Other Observers:  Brenda Wright found the bird and several other birders came to see the bird which remained through the next day

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Ruddy Turnstone
First Date/Time:  9/2/2023 10:20:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  9/2/2023 10:50:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  30 minutes
County:  Montezuma
Specific Location:  Narraguinnep Reservoir
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Non-breeding


Shore of lake

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  binos
Distance:  30 feet
Light:  right angle

Description of the Bird

Brenda Wright found the bird on the shore as it fed along the edge of the water. We were in boats which allowed us to get very close to the bird. Large shorebird, red legs, white belly, scaly two toned upper parts, dark brown neckless, and dark pointed bill. Wings were white underneath and patterned on top. Tail on top had a dark terminal band.

Similar Species Discussion

This species should not be confused with other species in Colorado. Black Turnstone and Surfbird are about the same size but have very different field marks and do not occur in Colorado.

Previous Experience

We have seen Ruddy Turnstones in over 20 countries over the last 30 years.


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Additional Information

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Date Documentation Submitted

9/26/2023 4:33:00 PM
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