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Philomachus pugnax


Thanks for helping me I.D. this bird!


it was seen poking around in the mud in a brackish pond.

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andyarct 9 years ago

I agree with Ruff now. It was about twice the size of a Least S.

annorion 9 years ago

I was leaning toward Least Sandpiper because of range however I did find where it is noted the Ruff is a rare visitor to the west coast. It looks like the most notable difference between the two would be size. The Least Sandpiper should be about 6 inches length and Ruff about twice that size. Maybe this will help with id...

andyarct 9 years ago

After looking at many pictures, I do believe you're right, but I'm not absolutely convinced yet. Thanks Liam!

Liam 9 years ago

Looks to be a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax). You should report this bird. They're an uncommon visitor.

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Arcata, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 21, 2011

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