Black Turnstone

Arenaria melanocephala

The very few records for this species have occurred during spring migration in May and June and as early southbound migrants in late summer. The lack of records for a species which nests along the entire Bering Sea coast of Alaska and similarly migrates/winters along the coast is surprising, however the lack of records clearly indicate that this species is simply not prone to arrive in the Pribilofs and will likely remain a very rare visitor in the future. This species is regularly misidentified in the fall as they can appear superficially quite similar to juvenile Ruddy Turnstones.

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Photo from UAM archives