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Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) User: Brian  (See all photos - 917)
Canada (Ontario) Ottawa - The short bill length might suggest a short-billed but males have a shorter bill than females. The length is even shorter than you might find on Short-bills which indicates why bill length is not a safe indicator for this species. This bird had been checked out by local experienced birders.
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Date: September 25, 2017
Details: Male, Juvenile
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Ottawa - The short bill length might suggest a short-billed but males have a shorter bill than females. The length is even shorter than you might find on Short-bills which indicates why bill length is not a safe indicator for this species. This bird had been checked out by local experienced birders.
· Date: September 25, 2017 · Views: 129
· Dimensions: 800 x 533 ·
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Chris

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September 25, 2017 14:28

I'm glad you explained it for us. Great shot.
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Brian
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September 25, 2017 17:41

Thanks and the light was perfect. I have limited experience with Long-billeds so I wasn't prepared for an individual with such a short bill. Aside from that others noted the feather edging in the tertials which I still find hard to address. They are plain gray in juveniles rather than tiger-striped of Short-billed Dowitcher.
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Sue
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September 30, 2017 20:56

Excellent find and capture,Brian.
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Brian
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October 1, 2017 06:11

There are a few every year in the province but they can be difficult to tell from their short-billed cousin.
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