09 May, 2011

Long-billed Dowitcher

Scientific Name: Limnodromus scolopaceus

Population Estimate: 400K, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds in wet tundra in the far north of North America and eastern Siberia. Winters throughout Mexico and the far southern US. 

Field Notes: Medium-sized wading bird. Long, straight bill, twice as long as head. Long, pale legs. Distinctive "sewing machine" type feeding. Differentiated from Short-billed Dowitcher largely by location and voice. Wilson's Snipe also with similar proportions but in grassy areas and with golden stripes down back. 

Personal Notes: Seen on coast of Vancouver Island and later photographed at Neponset Reservoir on Deseret Ranch in Utah. 

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