Friday, April 7, 2017

Ruff in Muskegon 4/7/2017 w/map and video

   Earlier this week a Ruff, a rare Eurasian shorebird was found at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Muskegon.  I made the trip down there this morning and was able to observe the bird after a birder from Illinois pointed me in the right direction.
  Although the bird's distance was less than ideal, I was able to get decent photos with my 500mm and 1.4x teleconverter.

Barking orders at Lesser Yellowlegs and Dunlin.

  Here is a video of the Ruff feeding.

   Below is a map of the Treatment Plant and a detail showing where the bird was located this morning.
Map of Muskegon Wastewater Treatment Plant

Detail of map showing Ruff's location today
  Here is a map lifted from wikipedia that shows the Ruff's normal range.  The blue represents its non-breeding winter range while the yellow surrounding the Baltic Sea and topping Russia looks like a presidential comb-over.


  Also in the data dump from my camera were some photos taken from my deck on Saturday.

Dark-morph Red-tailed

Rough-legged in April

Local Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-bellied Woodpecker.

1 comment:

  1. wondered when you were going to get this bird!!