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Thanks for helping me I.D. this bird!
it was seen poking around in the mud in a brackish pond.
I agree with Ruff now. It was about twice the size of a Least S.
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...
After looking at many pictures, I do believe you're right, but I'm not absolutely convinced yet. Thanks Liam!
Looks to be a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax). You should report this bird. They're an uncommon visitor.
Spotted on Sep 20, 2011 Submitted on Sep 21, 2011
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