Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala), Near Cocopah RV Resort, Yuma County
This Black Turnstone was
found by Henry Detwiler on 13 May 2020 and photographed by
Henry Detwiler and by Gary Rosenberg on the same date.
Second record for Arizona (for details on the 1st see
here). One other record from the lower Colorado
River Valley, California side of Lake Havasu on 21 May
1948. Extremly rare in the interior west except at the
Salton Sea where a rare spring migrant.
Stocky shorebird with a short bill. Head is black with
partial white supercilium and loral area. Most similar to a Ruddy Turnstone
but has a black throat and upperparts, and bare parts.
The worn primaries and mix of new and worn tertials
indicate this is likely a second year bird.
13 May 2020, photo by Henry Detwiler
13 May 2020, photo by Gary RosenbergAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 13 May 2020