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?
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Photos are of Ruddy Turnstone.
photo confirms the identification
This was unquestionably a Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage.
photographs are good.
Excellent, diagnostic photos of a beautiful spring adult supersede a light report. Nice bird.
Diagnostic photos for a bird that's hard to mistake!