Orange County Long-billed Dowitchers

Yesterday, Matt Zeitler found two Dowitchers at 6 1/2 Station Road in Goshen. He believed them to be Long-billed Dowitchers and sent me many photos of the birds. I could find no reason that they weren’t Long-billeds. I wanted to see them myself and went down this morning hoping they would still be there. I wasn’t disappointed. The Dowitchers were juvenile birds, both showing dull gray breast and belly with distinct barring on the flanks. The tertials were dark with clear central area and edged in pale gray/rufous. There were no cross markings on the tertials at all, which would have been present on Short-billed Dowitchers. The birds have begun a molt and some of the scapulars are already in winter plumage. The bills are extremely long on both birds. All of these characteristics are consistent with Long-billed Dowitcher. Add to this the late date ( Short-billed Dowitchers have long passed and any dowitcher inland after October first is quite likely a Long-billed) and I am confident they are indeed Long-billed Dowitchers. a big thanks and Congratulations to Matt for a great find! Above are a few of my better shots, but see Matts Blog ( orangebirding.com ) for some much better shots.

Long-billed Dowitchers at 6 1/2 Station Road found by Matt Zeitler

Long-billed Dowitchers at 6 1/2 Station Road found by Matt Zeitler

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These next two shots show that there are no cross markings on the tertials as would have been present in Short-billed Dowitcher.

These next two shots show that there are no cross markings on the tertials as would have been present in Short-billed Dowitcher.

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2 Responses to Orange County Long-billed Dowitchers

  1. So glad you got these birds John – thanks for all the help with them. Matt

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