Yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30 AM and made the decision that I needed to see the Ruff (actually it's a female so it's a reeve) at Hornsby Bend sewerage treatment plant in Austin. Five hours and 330 miles later I'm looking at from about 50 yards. The only other Ruff I had ever seen was at a sewerage plant in Phoenix about 20 years ago. This poor pic was through my spotting scope.
There were plenty of other shorebirds around like this American Golden-Plover.
There were also several breeding plumaged Eared Grebes.
I didn't stay long as I still had the return trip ahead of me. This brilliant Hooded Oriole was in Rachal in Brooks County.