Black Turnstones Flying Copper River Delta Alaska USA

A flock of Black Turnstones flying together over the calm water of the Copper River Delta in Alaska, USA with a beautiful snow capped mountain as a backdrop.

The Copper River Delta in Alaska, USA is used by approximately one million shorebirds during peak migration and here a flock of Black Turnstones spend time flying together over the surface of the water. The Black Turnstones breed only in Alaska, USA and fly from Southern Alaska to Baja, California during the winter months.

The Black Turnstones feed mainly on insects during the breeding season found in the wet meadows and in the winter, they will mingle about the seaweed beds searching for invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks. The males will arrive in Alaska, USA first, anywhere from early May to June, and begin to build the nest.

When flying, the black and white markings on the wings of the Black Turnstones are very prominent. The white wingbars, white shoulder patch, white tail with a broad black band across it and the white lower back to the upper tail coverts are easy to see.

While visiting the Copper River Delta in Alaska, USA, it is stunning to watch a flock of Black Turnstones flying about the coastal shores.

Black Turnstones in Copper River Delta



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Photo Title: Black Turnstones Flying Copper River Delta Alaska USA

A flock of Black Turnstones flying together over the calm water of the Copper River Delta in Alaska, USA with a beautiful snow capped mountain as a backdrop.

Scientific Name:

Arenaria Melanocephala

Photographer:

Hugh Rose

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d034_846 - Black Turnstones Flying Copper River Delta Alaska USA