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Dunlin & Ruddy Turnstone - Lake Muskoka

A Dunlin (bottom) and a Ruddy Turnstone (top) were spotted bopping around on a rocky outcrop in Lake Muskoka yesterday. Observed for close to an hour, the birds were gorging on insects and low flying midges. In the case of the Dunlin, I watched the bird use his long, down-curved bill to probe like a non-stop sewing machine, whereas the Ruddy Turnstone used his shorter bill to flip pebbles and move bits of ground cover aside.
The Dunlin is likely headed to the west side of Hudson Bay and possibly as far north as the arctic coast, while the Ruddy Turnstone will generally go further north into the high arctic archipelago. Years ago I recall seeing very large numbers of Dunlin in the Baker Lake area. Gerry Gerich first located both birds yesterday while boating on Lake Muskoka.

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