Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
This was a shorebird I have always really,really wanted to see, a breeding plumaged male Ruff! I found this bird today along Gas Well Road East of Barrow. Apparently no one else has seen it so far although I told the Field Guides group about it at the Polar Bear site. I've seen a few basic plumaged birds in Texas but they look nothing like this. I always thought I'd have to find one in Norway or Siberia where they nest.
01 Class Aves060 ScolopacldaeRuff Philomachus pugnax
From Alaska - Birds