Date: 4/16/17 4:32 pm
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Ruff - Goose Pond FWA--Saturday
Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool West, Greene, Indiana, US
Apr 15, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Met other birders looking for continuing Ruff from yesterday, along SR 59 from Double Ditches north about one-half mile toward check-in station. Shorebirds were in shallow water of Main Pool West, among sheared off brown cattails (last year's growth), foraging and resting. Sunny, near 80 F, with strong 20-25 mph winds from SSW - difficult to hold scopes steady at full height. The shorebirds themselves seemed to be taking shelter, at least some flocks, behind the denser, taller cattail stands near Double Ditches.
21 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 1
Blue-winged Teal 20
Northern Shoveler 10
Green-winged Teal 1
American White Pelican 40 on water in two adjacent flocks south of Double Ditches
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 5
American Coot 240
Black-necked Stilt 14 adult pairs, some obviously territorial, calling
American Golden-Plover 30 in shallow water, resting; variety of plumages, some with much black, none in full breeding plumage
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 5
RUFF 1 continuing female bird, first observed yesterday afternoon (Fri. 4/14) here. On my arrival in early afternoon, bird had not been seen for two hours or so; Amy Kearns relocated it about half a mile north of Double Ditches parking lot, on east side of Hwy 59, about 80 yards east of road. Foraged mostly, sometimes resting, between 2:50 and 4:00 pm, when I left; in shallow water (about 3 inches deep - only top of yellow legs showed) among a scattering of sheared off brown cattails (which extended 6 inches to a foot above water surface). Probed with bill below water surface (mainly), sometimes at vegetation above water. A relatively plain gray bird, with distinctive proportions (chunky body, relatively small head, longish neck, slightly downcurved, all-black bill). Patterning of feathers on folded wings and back were rather bold, when studied closely, with bright brown and black. Underparts mostly white (from mid-breast to belly and vent) but speckled irregularly on throat and upper breast, with larger blotches on side of upper breast. White feathering at base of bill sometimes striking when bird looked at us. Dark line behind eye but not in loral area. Prominent white area also on flanks adjacent to bend of wing. No buffiness. Moving among dozens of Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Black-necked Stilts, the bird was difficult to relocate when you lost it (being similar in size to Pectorals and Yellowlegs, all of which were crouching in the stiff wind); but while you were "on it" in scope view, the bird was quite distinctive compared with adjacent shorebirds, mainly in its more massive mid-section, the peculiar smallish head, and the posture of body while foraging: top-heavy, downward pointed. Also, lacked the buffiness of Pectorals (and the dense lines on throat and breast), and had a different head shape from Yellowlegs. Photographed by Mike Brown, Vern Wilkins and others.
Dunlin 10
Pectoral Sandpiper 80
Long-billed Dowitcher 6 presumably this species, given (early) date and observations by other birders; I did not study them carefully
Wilson's Snipe 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 40
Red-winged Blackbird X

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