Each year, the American Birding Association (ABA) names a Bird of the Year in order to help birding enthusiasts become more familiar with the various birds they may encounter in North America. This year, the ABA has selected the Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), a shorebird that can be found along the coasts of northern Canada and Alaska in the summer, and along the shores of California, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America in the winter. The ABA notes that during the springtime, the Ruddy Turnstone can also be found in the state of Delaware, the current home of the ABA. In fact, the Ruddy Turnstone is one of few birds that live in all continents excepting Antarctica. Want to find out more about this Bird of the Year? The ABA has compiled this helpful collection of facts and links to outside resources dedicated to this bird, recognizable by its "striking black and white pattern on head and neck, rusty back and wings, white underparts, and bright orange legs and feet" along with its "bubbly chatter." These outside resources include audio and video recordings of the Ruddy Turnstone and maps of their migration patterns.
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