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 Ruddy Turnstone

Status in Michigan
Common Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Ruddy Turnstone Archives Reports
Fall 2003 25
Spring 2003 28
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 6
Summer 2002 9
Spring 2002 24
Winter 01-02 1
Fall 2001 11
Summer 2001 12
Spring 2001 22
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 31
Summer 2000 9
Spring 2000 38
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 5
Spring/Summer 1999 4

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Ruddy Turnstone
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Ruddy Turnstone
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Arenaria interpres morinella (Linnaeus)
Ruddy Turnstone

Transient (chiefly coastal), uncommon in spring, rare in fall. First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 416) : "Strepsilas interpres." SPRING.-Main flight is recorded in the latter half of May and in early June.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 72, 188, 202), individuals are recorded from early in May until mid- June, occasionally until later. The main flight (maximum of 100 in a day) occurs on the average from May 18 to June 3. In Wayne County on May 29,1910, J. Claire Wood collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) in Ecorse Township, and Swales (1910c: 452-53; see also Swales and Taverner, 1907: 141-42) noted a flock of 30 on Grosse lie. On Strawberry Island, St. Glair County, E. E. Olsen and D. W. Douglass collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) of 3 Turnstones observed on May 22, 1934. Two Ruddy Turnstones were taken at Forestville, Sanilac County (Barrows, 1912: 217-19) on June 3, 1904. In the Ann Arbor region the species is uncommon; it has been ob- served there singly on May 24, 2023 and 1938, and May 25, 1925; 6 were recorded on May 26, 2023 (at Whitmore Lake, by R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker). At Portage Lake, Jackson County, it was noted May 15,1938, by Walkinshaw; a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected there by R. E. Stewart on May 22, 1938; and several birds were seen there each year on May 30 and 31, 1927 to 1930, by Edith K. Frey (1930: 552-53). In Kalamazoo County a specimen was secured on May 20 (Gibbs, 1879: 492; 1885: 151; Barrows, 1912: 217-19). On Charity Island, Huron County, where the species was reported common in late May and present to June 15 (N. A. Wood, 1911: 92-93; 1912o; 184), several specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken from May 20 (1 in 1911) to June 12 (1 in 1910). Small numbers (not more than 12 in a flock) have been reported elsewhere about Saginaw Bay: at Fish Point, Tuscola County; Lone Tree Island, and Sand Point, Huron County; and Tawas Bay, Iosco County. Sometimes Ruddy Turnstones have been fairly numerous in the region: they were common at the mouth of the Saginaw River on May 30, 2023 (Barrows, 1912: 218); at Fish Point on May 26, 2023 (150 birds noted by Trautman), and on June 4, 2023 (40 birds noted by N. A. Wood). Northward, at Mullet Lake, Cheboygan County, Walkinshaw observed an individual on May 28, 1934.

Upper Peninsula.-At Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, N. A. Wood (1914: 62) saw several birds and collected specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on May 29, 30, and June 1, 1914; Tyrrell (1934: 22) collected an individual (U.M.M.Z.) there on June 4, 1930, from a flock still present on the following day.

FALL.-Departure is recorded principally in late August and in early September.

Upper Peninsula.-Kumlien and Hollister (1903: 55) mentioned the species at Ontonagon "in the latter part of July," and W. P. Harris, Jr., collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 7, 1937. In Chippewa County, Boies (1897: 20; Barrows, 1912: 218) shot several on Neebish Island in the fall of 1894, and Christofferson and Magee noted 3 at Sault Ste Marie in 1921: 2 on August 22 and 1 on August 31.

Lower Peninsula.-Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) reported 1 to 3 seen on rare occasions along the north shore of Emmet and Cheboygan counties, from August 12 (1935) and August 13 (1931, 1 collected) to September 2 (1937). Along the island and mainland beaches of Huron and Tuscola counties this species has been recorded in very small numbers (flocks of 6 or less) on August 6 (1910), and rather regularly from about August 20 to the first few days of September (N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 283; N. A. Wood, 1911: 92-93; 1912a: 184). Individuals (U.M.M.Z.) were collected at Point Lookout, Arenac County, on September 14, 2023 (1 by N. A. Wood), and at Fish Point, Tuscola County, on September 16, 2023 (2 by N. A. Wood), and on September 26, 2023 (1, the only one seen, by R. E. Olsen). In southern counties this wader was found at Union Pier, Berrien County, on August 30, 2023 (2 seen by Raz, 1935: 200) ; at Whitmore Lake, north of Ann Arbor, on August 20, 2023 (3 collected by Trautman); and at Oakwood, Ecorse Township, Wayne County, on September 1, 2023 (1 shot by J. Claire Wood, according to Swales). Though very uncommon in the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 72, 188, 202), the Ruddy Turnstone has been present with some regularity from July to early October, main flight averaging August 15 to September 12.

The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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