While driving along the pristine Padre Island National Seashore, I spotted this cute little Ruddy Turnstone foraging at the edge of the gentle waves washing up on the shore. I drove my big Ford F350 truck to within approximately 50 feet of the bird and waterline, slipped quietly out with camera in hand and began clicking away. I was so excited to be this close to the Turnstone that I didn’t realize the Gulf of Mexico was slowly creeping closer, incoming tide. After capturing several images, I returned to the truck and attempted to leave. Yep, I was stuck in the sand and the tide was slowly reducing that 50 feet to a lesser distance. Since I was several miles from the National Seashore Headquarters; I had no cell phone service and to boot there was not a lot of people nearby. My level of anxiety and concern began to elevate just a little. Luckily, some kind person with a tow rope stopped and prevented this Blogger from being swept out to sea, well, maybe not to that extreme. In reflecting upon this experience, I felt a closer attachment to the Ruddy Turnstone so I gave him a more personalized name, Ruddy “T”.
Ruddy “T” is an interesting bird that travels great distances. In North America it spends the nesting season in Northern Alaska and the artic islands of Canada and then migrates to the coastlines of Washington, Massachusetts, the Gulf Coast and further South to the West Indies and the Southern tip of South America. Ruddy “T” is found along rocky and sandy shorelines, mud flats, but rarely inland. It uses its pointed bill to turn over stones and small rocks in search of food, thus the name Turnstone.