Date: 1/2/21 5:09 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Dowitcher id?

It is not all that reliable to identify dowitchers in winter based on photos. Over or under exposure can create a look that favors one or the other, although I am not convinced that coloration helps much in winter. Bill size and shape is a good pointer. One of the best features to go on is habitat in winter, Short-bills take tidal habitats, Long-bills fresh water or brackish/standing water.

Top bird has a very long bill that is straight and relatively thin at the base, so I would call that one a Long-billed. The other two I would pass.


Alvaro Jaramillo

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From: <peninsula-birding...> <peninsula-birding...> On Behalf Of Peter Headland
Sent: Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:00 PM
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Subject: [pen-bird] Dowitcher id?

Can anyone id these Dowitchers (photographed around the Bay a couple of days ago)? (Please explain your reasoning.)

Peter Headland

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