Short-billed Dowitcher

(Limnodromus griseus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Short-billed Dowitcher

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRM - Unranked Migrant

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant

Habitat

Mudflats, lakeshores, marshes

Size

11 to 12 in length

19 wingspan


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Migration

May and early July to early September


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Taxonomy

Order:

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and relatives)

 

Family:

Scolopacidae (sandpipers)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Atlantic Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus griseus)

Pacific Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus caurinus)

Prairie Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus hendersoni)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Franklin’s Gull and Short-billed Dowitcher

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  Short-billed Dowitchers
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  Short-billed Dowitchers  
 
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Some of these photos are of two that were foraging very close to the side of the road (Riverlands Way) at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on 5/9/16. Others are from elsewhere, like Clarence Canon

 
     
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  California Wildlife --- Short-Billed & Long-Billed Dowitchers (a comparison)
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Published on Jun 18, 2013

Segment #1: Short-Billed Dowitchers

Segment #2: Long-Billed Dowitchers

Both segments recorded at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve & Wetlands, Huntington Beach, California, USA

 
     
  Short-billed Dowitcher
David Weintraub
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 23, 2011

Short-billed dowitcher is a medium-sized shorebird common on both U.S. coasts during migration.

 
     
  Short-billed Dowitcher, Tresco, Scilly, 120912
Ashley Fisher
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 13, 2012

This juvenile constitutes the third record for Britain and the first for the Isles of Scilly (and the 65th species of wader for the archipelago). It was an excellent find for local birder, Will Wagstaff.

Separation from juv Long-billed Dowither is relatively straight forward given views like this! Features of note include the internal markings in the tertials and inner greater coverts (the so-called tiger striping), short primary projection, dark cap (paler and greyer in LBDO) and relatively bright plumage aspect (again greyer & relatively more uniform in LBDO).

Interestingly though, this bird is quite dull with just a hint of buff on the breast and this would suggest a bird of the nominate form, griseus, which breeds in Quebec and Newfoundland. And thus, perhaps, the form most likely to be expected in a vagrant context.

 
     
  Short-billed Dowitchers
RobAmyVideo
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 7, 2010

I used the Canon Mark IV with the Canon 800mm lens on a tripod with the Rode Stereo mic.

 
     
  Short-billed Dowitcher, Tresco, Scilly, 160912
Ashley Fisher
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 16, 2012

More footage of the juvenile SBDO: I just couldn't resist going back for more views!

Some birders are finding it difficult to locate, but (apart from its first day) it has always frequented the same part of the beach adjacent to skirt Island at the following grid ref: 49.94425 -6.32002

 
     

 

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