Arctic Species: Ruddy Turnstone

Another species that can be found on the coastlines all around the archipelago is the Ruddy Turnstone. With anywhere between 50 and 500 breeding pairs, it’s nowhere a common sight, but the highest chance is along the western shores and fjords.

A Ruddy Turnstone on the tundra

Turnstones also breed on the tundra and rely on their camouflage, but are a bit better in defending their nests against bird attacks. However, Arctic Foxes and Glaucous Gulls still make up for a fair number of chicks that get killed.

When the breeding season is over, they migrate south towards western Europe and Africa where they spent the winter.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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