Ruddy is part of the name of this species of wader and not a derogatory term, however as you will read, they are not my favourite bird to say the least. Turnstone are a small Blackbird size (but dumpier) bird that I regularly see on my travels in different parts of the world. Globally they are very common. I have to be honest and say that they are one of the few birds that I don't find attractive, I find them ugly with their messy "cryptic" plumage and stubby beak. They are not in the least bit elegant (except in flight). They don't breed here in the UK even though they are very commonly seen. You can also see them in the summer where none breeding birds remain rather than returning to their breeding grounds. They are a confiding species, or could that be a species that is confident in their camouflaged plumage. Or perhaps it is due to them breeding in isolated areas where thy have very little contact with humans. This is also a bird that looks it's best in flight in my opinion, they are then quite attractive with a distinctive flashy white pattern on the back which can only be appreciated on the wing. These photos show typical feeding behaviour, they creep along the shoreline turning over pebbles (thats how they got their name) and shells looking for tiny morsels, mostly insect life but they will eat anything edible that they come across. I have just read that they have even been seen eating from floating corpses!