Date: 7/5/17 3:26 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Ruff, Atlantic County
Thank you Sam G, and Debbie Beer, and especially Adrian Binns for his photos of the 7-3-2017 Brig Ruff.
I did chase the prior-previously reported Ruff at Brig a few times while back including this latest Ruff on the 4th. Had I known about the plumage appearance of the July 3 Ruff (or saw the photos prior to my visit on the 4th) good chance I would have never chased it the next day.
Reason and why is that ? Simple, without seeing the photos of 7-3 Ruff, this dumb birder kept thinking how he could miss that Ruff while the bird was in right front of his eyes during each visit he made to the Goose Marker 4 in search of shorebirds. Seriously, I kept assuming one of those odd looking lesser yellowleg, grunt size willet, or kind of funny looking short-billed dowitcher I have encountered recently was in fact the reported Ruff, but I could not make the Ruff ID connection. Reason why I kept going back to redeem myself.
Now the photos are posted, I would have been content just looking at Adrian's photos and move on. I did not even realized there is a term to describe a birder like myself until this past weekend. That is some birders just look at birds with dots on it. Meaning, looking at ebird photos on the computer screen and call that a birding.
Yong Kong Camden County
-----Original Message----- From: Samuel Galick Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:14 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ruff, Atlantic County
Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns ebirded a male black Ruff along Wildlife Drive on 7/3 just before goose marker 4 at Forsythe NWR. It has not been seen since but could very well still be in the area.
Please see this linked eBird checklist for excellent photos taken by Adrian: