[Tweeters] Ruff pix

Ryan Merrill rjm284 at gmail.com
Thu May 9 20:49:56 PDT 2019


Hi Connie and Tweeters,

I took a look at the reports that have been collected for the Washington
Field Notes and find reference to four spring male Ruffs since 2006:

5/18/2006 at Port Susan Bay, Dennis Duffy
4/29-5/1/2008 at Ocean Shores, Tim O-Brien, Ruth Sullivan
5/5-7/2008 at Channel Drive in Skagit, Joel Brady-Power
5/17/2012 at Bottle Beach, Ruth Sullivan

I was fortunate to see the Skagit bird and have photos on my Flickr site
including this one:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjm284/2477288590/

In other news this evening there has been a Dusky Flycatcher hanging out in
my backyard.

Good birding,
Ryan Merrill
Seattle


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Constance Sidles <constancesidles at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 9, 2019 at 5:13 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Ruff pix
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>


Hey tweets, thanks to those who replied to my request for a photo of our
recent Ruff visitor. I was not aware that she was a female. As best as I
can tell, Washington State has never hosted a male Ruff in breeding
plumage. Is that right? The Washington state records that I know of are all
fall records, mostly juveniles. Wouldn't it be spectacular if we got a
spring male someday? The photos I've seen show a wide variety of ruff
colors, from black to white to brindle and even orange. How could any
female resist?

- Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com
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