Hi all,

I got a quick look at what was, to all appearances, a juvenile RUFF at
Springhill Road STF in Tallahassee today. The bird was very "scaly" on the
back, had a short bill, and was buffy underneath, definitely not a Pectoral
Sandpiper, and the build was wrong for Buff-breasted. It flew before I could
study it, and it literally dissapeared when it landed in the field at the SE
of the property. I mean VANISHED, even though I saw where it landed and
walked over hoping to get another look, it was GONE!

The EARED GREBE is still there, hanging out with four or five RUDDY DUCKS in
the "big pond".

Counting the Ruff, a four-lifer day, life IS good! :-)

The day's list....
Bird Report
Springhill Road STF - October 15 2001
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida
A.O.U. Order
Double-crested Cormorant (30+)
Pied-billed Grebe (1)
 [lifer #233, FL #231(ABA 230), county #106]
Snowy Egret (20+)
Cattle Egret (30+)
White Ibis (35+)
Mallard (30+)
Blue-winged Teal (20+)
Northern Shoveler (12-15+)
Green-winged Teal (3-5+) [county #110]
 [lifer #232, FL #230(ABA 229), county #105]
American Kestrel (1)
Killdeer (1)
American Avocet (1) [county #112]
Greater Yellowlegs (1-2)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2-3)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
 [lifer #235, FL #233(ABA 232), county #111]
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (20+)
RUFF (1, 99% probable)
 [lifer #234, FL #232(ABA 231), county #108]
Forster's Tern (6+) [county #107]
Dove sp. (1)
Tree Swallow (2-4)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Palm Warbler (2)
Eastern Meadowlark (flock) [county #109]
Common Grackle (1)

Crawfordville, Wakulla County, Florida

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