|Irish Name:||Piardálaí trá|
|Scientific name:||Arenaria interpres|
Winter visitor from northeast Canada and northern Greenland, occurs late July to late April
The wader most likely to be found along our rocky shoreline. Mainly a winter visitor, but good numbers pass through Ireland in spring and autumn en route to/from arctic and subarctic breeding grounds. About the size of a Starling, with a stocky build and short orange legs. In winter, its dark brown upperparts, white underside and black breast crescent make it difficult to see amongst seaweed. Spring birds are brighter and show rich chestnut markings on the wing and back. In flight, Turnstones show a series of black and white stripes, resembling a miniature Oystercatcher. Usually occurs in small flocks, moving with head down, constantly flicking over seaweed fronds, pebbles and beach debris with its short, stubby bill, in search of sand hoppers and other invertebrates.
Often calls in flight - an abrupt, loud, bubbly "tutt-tutt-tutt…".
Sandhoppers & other marine invertebrates. Also fish carrion washed up on shore.
Does not breed in Ireland - breeding range all around shores of Scandinavia. Small numbers of non-breeding Turnstones (mainly first-summers) can be seen through the summer months.
Winters all around the Irish coast.
Irish Wetland Bird Survey.
Breeds on rocky Scandinavian coasts. Common passage migrant outside of breeding season.
Almost entirely marine in distribution, only occasionally occurring inland. Found all around the Irish coast, particularly on rocky shores, headlands, islands and piers during winter.