13-B-2019 Ruddy Turnstone

STATUS
Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
7-0
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Jeff Brough
OTHER OBSERVERS
none
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Marsh #1 Market Lake refuge, Roberts Idaho
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Small mud flat under the old goose nest box near the end of the first marsh on the main refuge road.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
5 minutes with 12x binoculars, 400mm camera lens. Weather was overcast but clear. The bird was probably 60-70 feet away.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, during the observation
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Sibleys guide to western birds, later an old Peterson's field guide
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Foraging on a small mud flat along with 3-4 Avocets, one Forsters Tern, and 4-6 Dowitchers.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
This is a lifetime first sighting for me. The plumage of this bird is so distinctive I knew right away it was not one commonly seen around here. I carry a Sibleys guide in my car, so it was no problem to figure it out.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Not that proficient with small peeps, but there are no other shorebirds this size with similar plumage.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I'm 63 now and have been a been watching birds since I was 17. I like to consider myself a photographer first, and birder somewhere farther down the line, but I do watch out for them. Spent time watching in Canada & Alaska, and a tiny bit of experience with eastern birds. You are currently using a few of my photos on your website.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Accept

Photos are of Ruddy Turnstone.

Shirley Sturts
Accept

photo confirms the identification

Dave Trochlell
Accept

This was unquestionably a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage.

Darren Clark
Accept

photographs are good.

Doug Ward
Accept

Excellent, diagnostic photos of a beautiful spring adult supersede a light report. Nice bird.

Carl Lundblad
Accept

Diagnostic photos

Jay Carlisle
Accept

Diagnostic photos for a bird that's hard to mistake!