Ruff and Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Virgin Creek
- On Saturday the 29th I stumbled across a juvenile
female RUFF at Virgin Creek. It was well observed and
photographed by a group of birders during the Albion
Birding Weekend. We followed it from 9:00-10:00 am as
it moved from the mouth of the creek southward along
the rocks, where it foraged with Black Turnstones and
Surfbirds in the surf. I just uploaded two photographs
We searched for it unsuccessfully on Sunday afternoon,
but met a couple of birders who mentioned that one had
been seen over the weekend at Pudding Creek. If so,
I'd be interested in knowing the details (none posted
On Friday the 28th a juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
was seen just north of the mouth of Virgin Creek by
Stan Snyder and several other birders. Stan, a very
experienced birder familiar with both Ruff and
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, also saw the Ruff on Saturday
and says it was a totally different bird than the
Buff-breasted Sandpiper they saw on Friday.
Other shorebirds seen at Virgin Creek during the
weekend included a juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER and a
juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
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