Today's Bird is the Ruddy Turnstone. They get their name from what they do best--using their little bill to flip over rocks and find the delicious creatures beneath them. They're a staple here on the Gulf Coast, but I was also delighted to see them in Peru! I remember turning to my guide and asking if they were the same Ruddy Turnstones and he looked at me, very disappointed and said, "Oh. You have those too. No point telling you how great they are..."
Their field marks make them pretty easy to identify, so the next time you're out celebrating an oil-spill free Gulf Coast (or so says BP...), look for these fellows. I took this picture on Mustang Island on October 21, 2012.