Mark McShane was once again on site early and posted that both birds had been relocated and that the one Ruff and become two - male and female.
Thanks to my co-worker Nicole and my boss Craig, I was able to switch days and get there a bit before nine. Folks were looking at the Hudsonian Godwit so all I had to do was walk up to a scope and take a look. The bird was actively feeding, flew a couple of times, and ended up feeding near a flock of dunlin. My photos are not great.
|Hudsonian Godwit lands|
|Hudsonian Godwit near flock of Dunlin|
We had better luck with the Ruff. First we found the female feeding near the edge of the water. She flew closer in company with a Lesser Yellowlegs.
|Lesser Yellowlegs flies in with female Ruff (Reeve)|
|Lesser Yellowlegs & Reeve|
|Lesser Yellowlegs and Reeve|
|Reeve (left) and Lesser Yellowlegs - note difference in bill length, marbling on back of Reeve, buffy breast.|
flew over to join the Reeve and gave me a good look at the signature U pattern of white on the rump.
|Ruff raises wings and shows U pattern of white on upper tail.|
|Note the white "U" on the upper tail|
|Reeve (left) and Ruff|
|Lesser Yellowlegs (left) Reeve (center) and Ruff (right)|
|American Avocet with Refection|