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The turnstone is about as big as an ordinary snipe; but, compared with most of its allies of the group Limicolae, to which it belongs, its form is somewhat heavy, and its legs are short.
A second species of turnstone is admitted by some authors and denied by others.
The turnstone (Strepsilas interpres) arrives in the islands in August after breeding in Alaska.
I found a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, and two Long-billed dowitchers in quick order.
The populations of a number of wintering waterbirds, such as dunlin, ringed plover and turnstone, have continued to decline.