Date: 9/17/17 10:20 am From: John Fussell <jofuss...> Subject: Ruff/Reeve and Buff-breasted Sandpiper near Beaufort NC
This morning Clyde Atkins found a juvenile Ruff/Reeve and a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the Beaufort Club golf course just N of Beaufort. Steve Howell and I found the birds soon thereafter.
The birds were at the south end of the golf course, at the very end of the road, along the borders of a recently paved section of road in a new subdivision (no houses yet). Bordering the road, on both sides, is mostly bare ground with newly planted grass. The birds were at about 34.7525, -76.6423.
Sometimes both birds could be seen standing next to each other, and both were very tame. Other shorebird species seen while we were there were Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper (1), Least Sandpiper, and Semipalmated Sandpiper.
A Merlin was working the area while we were there, causeing the shorebirds to flush and fly around occasionally.