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Hello
     Having seen only one in my life it is with some trepidation that I
report a female Ruff (Reeve) at the first of the two ponds just north of the
new wetlands in Viera (Click Ponds) at 1:00 PM today.  The bird appears to be
a female just coming into breeding plumage.  About the size of a Lesser
Yellowlegs with a relatively small head and short dark bill.  There is a very
noticeable pale coloration around the base of the bill.  The legs are a
generally greenish color.  The bird looks very much like a cross between the
immature and breeding adult female as depicted in Sibley's new book.  It is
generally a warm brown color with dark brown barring around the neck.  The
scapulars frequently stuck up around the back. There is a small area of water
left in the NW quadrant of the first pond.  The Reeve is foraging around the
southern edge of this small pond.  One of Charlie Ewell's recent RBA's had
excellent directions to the Click Ponds.

Don Feuss
Viera

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