So the 2017 ABA Bird of the Year is one of my favorites--it's a shorebird and a species that was my Utah nemesis bird. It wasn't for lack of trying, I just seemingly missed the Ruddy Turnstone at every "turn". So... Anyways, my first Utah Ruddy Turnstone came in 2007--not on the coast or at a beach, but right here in northern Utah. Imagine having spent a morning hiking around a 12,000' peak looking for White-tailed Ptarmigan. The hike is a success and as you return to a normal elevation and cell phone coverage, you have a phone full of voicemails. Birders aware of your current big year attempt want to let you know there's a turnstone at Bear River MBR on the north shore of the Great Salt Lake. The only problem--you're 5 hours away...
Well, needless to say, I didn't let that stop me, and after a long long drive, I finally nabbed that turnstone--on a mudflat, in a drying out unit of a bird refuge in the desert. It was a beauty, and the most colorful turnstone I've ever seen. Check it out here.
Now since then, I of course as with all nemesis birds, have seen more than I ever could've imagined in Utah--and beyond. I've seen them in Oregon and California, and in Mexico, Panama, and Peru.
The nemesis no more is now a bird I come across several times every year.
With the ABA announcing this clown-faced, flipper of rocks, dweller of beaches, and all around handsome as a devil Ruddy Turnstone as their bird of the year, I decided to design a print showing my admiration of the bird.
This is going to be limited to 100 prints at each of the following sizes:
8x10 - $15
16x20 - $25
+ $5 S&H anywhere in the lower 48
Either will be a matte finish and come shipped to your door in a protective tube or envelope. If you like turnstones or know a shorebird aficionado, this print is the perfect way to show your admiration for the clown of the beach. You can get yours today through the link below!
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