When I got home, I consulted the Shorebird Guide by O'Brien, Crossley and Karlson and found a photo of a juvenile ruff that showed the white around the face and patterned back. After a brief interlude to complete my checklist and upload photos, I headed back to the pond where the bird was still hanging out.
I was able to get one other birder, Joel Ludlum, out to see the bird. It hung around until just before sunset and then took off towards the beach in the direction of Ft. Pulaski.
The first time I watched the bird, it flew to the side of the pond where the light was good.
|Ruff at Tybee Island North Beach 4/18/16|
|Ruff giving itself a shake|
|The ruff steps out|
|Gray Kingbird appears while I am ruff-watching|