Oct 18 2022
male, juvenile
Blenheim - An uncommon migrant. Identified as a probable male based on bill length. Females have a longer bill.The same goes for Short-billed Dowitchers. To add to the confusion of species, you can have a long-billed, Short-billed Dowitcher and a short-billed, Long-billed Dowitcher. Both species were poorly named.
Oct 20

4 Replies to “Long-billed Dowitcher”

  1. The lighting was perfect but standing in wind that was 40-50 kph with zero cover was something else. I hung on to my heavy tripod and even heavier lens the whole time, just in case.

  2. The quickest way to ID it is the straightness of the bill (slight droop towards the end of Short-billed) and no ‘tiger stripes’ in the tertial feathers. They are uniform gray. That is what I usually look for first.

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