I must not have arrived there early enough, because ODNR and fishermen were on the beach. However, I noticed that some shorebirds were running from a couple of the fishermen. I saw some Least Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Sandpiper. I also noticed a bigger shorebird that I passed off for a Pectoral Sandpiper. One of the fisherman asked me if I was watching the Killdeer, and I tried to explain that not all shorebirds are Killdeer. He remarked "They are different, aren't they".
I went to the other side of the beach to see if anything else was lurking around. Found a Forster's Tern on a buoy. I then went back to the shorebird flock and tried to get some pictures since the fishermen had moved on. I spotted some of the Least Sandpipers. I stood still, and they walked up to my shoe.
One just kept looking at me.
I then spotted the bigger shorebird that I originally passed off as a Pectoral, as I was a ways away from it. I noticed right away the bright orange legs. Then I noticed the dark sides to the breast and large, spade like bill. The only shorebird that I have seen with such bright legs was a Ruddy Turnstone. I have never seen a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone, so I would have to consult a field guide.
After going back to the car, I came back and got some pics of the bird. It was a Juvenile Ruddy Turnstone!
I have only seen one two times before, both adults.
The bird then started to walk up to me, starring.
Here is a stretched wing shot, to help with ID. Notice the extensive white in wing and the upper tail.
Nice little surprise! Bring on fall migration!Tweet