Bird found by Stark County birder Kent Miller. This is the first record of a Red Phalarope in Stark County. Bird was presumed to be presumably a basic plumage adult, but also could have been a juvenile. My photo is decent, but not perfect for diagnostic identification, however many great Ohio birders confirmed the ID. Small, stout bill with small yellow spot on base. Slight red spot on neck. Gray back. Photo is of the bird in flight.
This first fall bird sat up more nicely than usual for this species but a jogger flushed it back down before I could get any good pics. Highly cropped, light adjusted photos don't do justice to the bold, complete eyering of this bird but I'll post it since I don't get many photo ops of this rare, secretive bird.