One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small migratory wader of the sandpiper family, with mainly dark gray plumage and a short bill and legs, breeding in Alaska.
Aphriza virgata, family Scolopacidae
- ‘The sandpipers, surfbirds, and turnstones fly in separate flocks with each flock moving as one.’
- ‘The turnstones were still pretty active but they stayed close to the surfbirds and did not stray far out of range of the camera.’
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