Checklist S55315543

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Owner Ted Nichols II

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  • 0.15 mi
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Observations

  1. Number observed: 19
  2. Number observed: 12
  3. Number observed: 5
  4. Number observed: 13
  5. Number observed: 7
  6. Number observed: 7
  7. Number observed: 13
  8. Number observed: 1

    Details: Summary of notes sent to other birders and e-mail listservs the day of the sighting. Female type. Prominent orange bill and legs which were what I first took notice to as I was scanning a large flock of Yellowlegs for counting purposes on the edge of the water. Birds legs were obviously orange in comparison to the yellow legs of the surrounding Greater Yellowlegs. In comparison to the Greater Yellowlegs the bird was noticeably smaller and the bird ever so slightly smaller than an adjacent Lesser Yellowlegs, but in each case the bill was noticeably smaller and slightly decurved. In addition, the chest and flanks of the bird stood out as much different than that of the Yellowlegs as they were blotchy with dark gray and black. Despite having a similar erect/upright posture to that of the Yellowlegs, the bird was also feeding differently than the majority of Yellowlegs that were in actually in the water of the pond, while this bird was feeding about 4 feet away from the pond in wet grass/meadow. A large noisy truck that was jake braking passed as I went to get my camera to digiscope a picture and I was unable to relocate the bird prior to having to leave for a meeting. While in flight, I did get my binoculars on the bird though and noticed a prominent white "U" on the upper tail that separated the dark rump from the dark tail tip. Subsequent efforts to refind the bird in the next few days were unsuccessful. The orange color of the legs and bill (which was smaller and shaped differently than the Yellowlegs) are key ID factors for a Ruff. I have seen this species on a few stateside chases as well as overseas and have no reasons to question my ID especially given the easy comparison to nearby Yellowlegs species. Additionally elimination wise, the bird structurally and sizewise differed from that of a Ruddy Turnstone which would also be another species to consider in this area that could occur with orange legs and a blotchy breast/flanks. The splotchy breast/flanks with no sharp demarcation from breast to a white belly, leg and bill color and distinct "U" on the uppertail observed in flight also led to me eliminating further considering Pectoral Sandpiper which were also present for comparison.

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male
    Female 1
    Sex Unknown
  9. Number observed: 2
  10. Number observed: 39

    Details: 2 large flocks flew in and joined several birds already present. Tu-tu-tu calls.

  11. Number observed: 11
  12. Number observed: 2

    Details: Found earlier in the day by Matt Frederick, continuing.

  13. Number observed: 1
  14. Number observed: 4
  15. Number observed: 9
  16. Number observed: 5
  17. Number observed: 26
  18. Number observed: 2
  19. Number observed: 53
  20. Number observed: 19