Cruddy Turdstone
A short, turd-shaped bird who breeds in the northern tundra, but hangs around up and down both coastlines of north america in the non-breeding season. It has a slightly upturned bill, which would suggest an air of superiority, except it spends a lot of its time with that bill shoved into the sand, flipping up small stones and wads of seaweed in a bid to find insects or small crustaceans to eat. Also, it’s not above sticking its beak into the odd tern or gull egg when it gets the chance. What a dick.

Identification: This guy looks like someone threw up calico cat on a sandpiper.

Photo of the Day – Looking at its name, it is no surprise that the Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) is the largest member of its family. Because of its size, and the fact that it occurs in open habitats, it is quite a conspicuous bird. It is also one of the most widespread hummingbirds in the Andes.

The fantastic photo was taken by Dušan Brinkhuizen in the Ecuadorian Highlands