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Which Dowitcher and Wren is this? Both on East Coast


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#1 I'dRatherBeBirding

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:17 PM

Taken Yesterday- Charleston SC.

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#2 Kryptos18

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Short-billed Dowitchers and Marsh Wren.
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#3 I'dRatherBeBirding

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:20 PM

How can one tell it's a marsh wren? (other than it's in the marsh!)

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

and, how can you tell its a Short-billed?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

and, how can you tell its a Short-billed?


I think long billed has a hump like thing on its back.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

I think long billed has a hump like thing on its back.


That hump shape is only visible when they are bent over feeding. I'm not sure it's enough to call an ID on either.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

The Marsh Wren would be a lifer for me- so I'd like to be sure. Is it a marsh wren? How can you tell? I have more pics on the dowitchers would a feeding dowitcher help?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:41 PM

More pictures are never a bad thing! :)

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

I would want to see more streaking on the back before I called the wren a Marsh.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

The bill is too long for Sedge Wren, and the facial pattern not strong enough for Carolina. I agree with Marsh Wren.
Not touching the dowitchers though.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:11 AM

I'll pass on the Dowitchers... but that is a definate Marsh Wren.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:04 AM

Here's another recent thread that touches on how to ID which Dowitcher:

http://www.whatbird....4-shorebird-id/
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