flock in breeding plumage (California, USA; 2006-07-30)

Short-billed Dowitcher
Limnodromus griseus

Native Range: North America

Notes: extremely similar in most plumages to Long-billed Dowitcher, with separation in the field often being difficult except by calls which are lower-pitched in Short-billed Dowitcher; usually occurs in large feeding flocks; probes the mud deeply and vigorously, up-and-down like a sewing machine.

orange underparts; boldly barred upperparts (California, USA; 2006-07-30)

relaxing and stretching (California, USA; 2008-06-06)

nonbreeding plumage; pale grayish overall (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

frontal view; light eyestripe, long straight bill (California, USA; 2006-09-24)

yellowish legs (California, USA; 2006-09-24)

in flight, white stripe up center of back (California, USA; 2006-03-21)

pair in flight (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

juvenile stretching (California, USA; 2006-09-24)

pair in nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-10-14)

group in transitional plumages (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

flock in flight over mudflats (California, USA; 2006-03-26)

individual with a flock of Western Sandpipers (California, USA; 2007-10-14

probing the mud (California, USA; 2006-09-10)

breeder posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2007-07-30)

nonbreeder posing for a portrait (California, USA; 2007-10-06)

sleepy flock in nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2012-03-23)