LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Limnodromus scolopaceus

Far commoner than Short-billed on this side of the Atlantic, partly because of its distribution but also because it is a late migrant easily caught up in weather fronts across the Atlantic in autumn. Strangely, there are few confirmed records for South America, the extent of movements appears to be Panama. There is usually at least one in Britain at all times, juveniles often overwinter and may even stay longer.

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