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#1 Melissa :)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:31 PM

I saw this bird at Bombay Hook NWR here in Delaware last week on Friday. I looked in my ID book and the closest thing was a dowitcher, but I'm not sure which one. Please help!! Either one would be a lifer.

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#2 TheBillyPilgrim

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:38 PM

You're right on it being a Dowitcher sp., but I won't venture a guess beyond that. Did you hear it calling? Voice is the only good diagnostic I've come across.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:45 PM

I didn't hear him call-- I think he was too busy eating.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:35 AM

I have more pictures, if it would help.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:38 AM

More pictures are never a bad thing :)

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:03 AM

Here's more pictures of the same bird: Hope it helps!!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:35 AM

Both Long and Short-billed Dowitchers have been reported in your area. Sibley states that an adult breeding Short-billed Dowitcher of the Atlantic subspecies can be distinguished from a Long-billed Dowitcher breeding adult, by the color of the belly, which is white for the Short-billed and entirely rufous for the Long-billed.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:37 AM

Sooooo... Short-billed?? Both are commonly seen at Bombay Hook in spring.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

Wow Nice Short Billed Dowitcher That would be a lifer for me too!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

I'd assume Short-Billed after the second set of photos, based on Grandpa's comments about the extent of red on the belly and the feeding posture (a long-billed usually looks more hump-backed).

Not 100% certain, but I never am with Dowitchers...

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:46 AM

Thanks everybody so much!!!!!!! :D

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