SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER Limnodromus griseus


A typical Arctic breeder wintering to the south in the Americas, its westerley distribution makes it by far the rarer of the two well-known Dowitchers on this side of the Atlantic. Similarities between the two, especially in non-breeding plumages, mean that there may have actually been more than the one British occurence, but Long-billed is definitely the commoner by a factor of two or three hundred. The right hand shot is the first confirmed British record, being in juvenile plumage it was identified in part by the tertial pattern which is diagnostic but unfortunately only in juveniles.


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