Date: 7/17/22 1:04 pm
From: Martin Fee via <mfee...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned
It was still in the same location with the dowitchers, around 11am this morning. Head tucked most of the time, but occasionally got up, walked around, and gave decent looks.
Martin FeeNorth Tustin

-----Original Message-----
From: Cynthia Case <case.cynthiak...>
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Cc: wagtail1997 <orcorba...>; Trish G <trishrg62...>; Orangecountybirding <OrangeCountyBirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jul 17, 2022 9:24 am
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Ruff returned

Sorry; directionally challenged! The Ruff is a mile east of Riverdale Park.Cynthia CaseTustin

On Jul 17, 2022, at 8:26 AM, Cynthia Case via <case.cynthiak...> wrote:

 Ruff is currently on south side of Santa Ana River Trail, just west of pump station, about a mile north of Riverdale Park.Cynthia CaseTustin

On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:47 PM, wagtail1997 <orcorba...> wrote:

 Congrats Trish 
Last year I put a YouTube video on the Ruff starting the virtual trip at Riverdale Park. See
Joel WeintraubDana Point Ca

Joel Weintraub

On Jul 16, 2022, at 2:05 PM, Trish G <trishrg62...> wrote:

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. YAY ME! 
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 base.
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 tonight?
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 


Trish Gussler, Anaheim

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