Birding in British Columbia

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 Post subject: Long-billed or Short-billed Dowitcher?
PostPosted: Apr 06 8:20 am 
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Observed at Iona inner ponds April 5. I make these Short-billed but it seems early. Advice appreciated.

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Short-billed Dowitcher by brian avent, on Flickr

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Short-billed Dowitcher by brian avent, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Long-billed or Short-billed Dowitcher?
PostPosted: Apr 06 11:00 am 
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I can't decide yet but I found some dowitcher field identification materials for discussion.

https://www.surfbirds.com/ID%20Articles ... chers.html

https://www.aba.org/birding/v38n5p34.pdf

Right now I am leaning to Short-billed but could be wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Long-billed or Short-billed Dowitcher?
PostPosted: Apr 07 5:50 pm 
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Here is a picture with a Long-billed (left) and a Short-billed (right), both juveniles. Note the marking on the coverts on the Short-billed and the relatively plain coverts on the Long-billed. I can't make the jump from there to birds in basic or perhaps early molt basic plumage but I though some might find this comparison interesting.

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