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#1 jblakelock

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:39 AM

Here's two shots from last week near San Jose, CA with fellow Whatbirder Snick. These are his photos.

We were wondering what the peep in the center of this shot was with the Greater Yellowlegs and the Dunlins? I thought maybe Western because the back leg looks black.

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Any thoughts on this Dowitcher? The bill length is right in the overlap between the two species. Either short Long-billed or a long Short-billed. There are several more pictures if needed.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

If you have a side profile of the dowitcher feeding it may help. In the absence of that, I'd favor a Short-billed, because it looks a bit slimmer. Hard to get a great read on the bill when it is superimposed on the dirt which can cause some optical illusions.

eripma used to post on WhatBird, and this is a link he had provided to his webpage to help with Dowitcher ID: http://blog.nuttybir...ml#.USYw71ee7jK

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

Mr Incognito, Thank for the help and for sharing the link. Here's a feeding from the side pic. Looks like the grapefruit LBD shape.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

that 2nd pic does look humped. i vote for longbilled

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Thanks Ginspin.

Anybody have any thoughts on the peep?
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

I agree with your assessment of Western Sandpiper

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:11 AM

I agree that the Dowitcher looks like a LB.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:44 AM

Thanks for the help Darknight and Pilgrim.
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