Date: 7/16/22 2:05 pm
From: Trish G <trishrg62...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
A little more on the returning Ruff this morning, now that I'm home and not
pecking at my phone screen in bad glare.

It's the annual "Who's gonna find it first" bird and I got it this year.
This is presumably the same returning bird that has graced this stretch of
river for several years now.

The Ruff kept its head tucked almost the entire time I was there, but it
moved enough I was able to see the short bicolored bill with white at the

Field marks to look for.
Find the small flock of Dowitchers. There were maybe 20-25 this morning.
The Ruff has orange legs. The Dowitchers have yellow-green legs. Find the
bird with orange legs that probably has its head tucked in and is really
boring. If the birds are foraging, look for the bird with orange legs and
(compared to Dowitchers) has a fairly short bill that's 2 toned and white
at the face.

I've had a couple of messages asking about the location. I made a map.
Behind In n Out at Imperial HWY and La Palma is where I sometimes park to
ride my bike along the river. You can also park at Riverdale Park and walk
(or bike) in thru the gate at the far side of the field and walk east on
the south side of the river trail.
The bird could be easily seen from either side of the river this morning.
Pick a side. GO.
The only other thing going on right now are imaginary birds conjured up by
Merlin so you have nothing to lose. This bird is real, I swear.

There were also quite a few really spiffy looking peeps, mainly looking
like Least Sandpipers, though admittedly, I did not scan very thoroughly
after I found the Ruff, so who knows what else is here or might show up

Trish Gussler, Anaheim

On Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:

> Santa Ana river between Lakeview and Imperial highway just about the
> halfway point where the water pump building is and the big drop it's with a
> small group of dowitchers.
> Easiest to park Imperial and walk north side of river, should be visible
> from either side currently

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