Date: 9/20/19 6:36 pm From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] Morgan Lake Ruff and Buff Breasted Sandpiper
Hi All, I've been over to Eastern Oregon for a week on vacation with my wife, and stopped at Morgan Lake at BSNWR on the way home to look for the reported Ruff. The two small bodies of water were devoid of birds and I suspect this was due to a peregrine. While standing on the dike a couple yellowlegs flew in from the west, so I headed to the marsh below (Mofitti). About halfway there, through the field, I scoped the north end of the marsh and easily located the Ruff. As I wanted pics I kept walking toward him, and when about to reach a wet area between him and me, a large shorebird, about pectoral size flew from South to North, about 50 feet in front of me. As it did not have any whitish markings on the upper parts and was a golden brown on the lower parts, with a short bill, I believe this was a buff breasted sandpiper. About a month ago I had seen the Sandpiper Village bird flying along not far from me, I was immediately reminded of that bird. Both seemed rather streamlined to me. It landed on the north end of the field, near 2 egrets. In the 7-8 seconds it took for me to get my scope on the area, it must have flown as I walked over there and could not find it. The ruff most have flown as well as I could not relocate it either. I looked over Morgan Lake on the way out and could only find one yellowlegs.
So for those of you who may be venturing over there, please keep an eye out.
-- Bill Tice
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