Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

ML63879761


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Louis Bevier
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eBird Checklist S38241976
Flood Brothers Dairy (Restricted access)
Kennebec, Maine, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 44.6454, -69.5828 Map

Age
Adult
Sex
Male
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Adult alternate plumage Long-billed Dowitcher. Bill length strongly suggested a male

Observation details

This bird was feeding in the rain pools along one of the dirt roads. Its bright underparts caught my attention from a great distance. Bright, clean, rusty orange throughout underparts contrasting with heavily marked breast-sides. The upper parts were overall blackish with only narrow white and rust barring. The rear flanks were strongly barred, and, most importantly, the sides of the breast were densely marked with scallop-shaped black bars. The central anterior throat had fine dark spots. The bill was roughly the length of a Short-billed Dowitcher (male LB overlaps with both male and female SB in bill length). The tail feathers were rather narrowly barred with whitish and pale rust-tinged bars and broad dark bars. The bird gave 'keek' alarm calls when flushed. A hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher differs in having plainer underparts with only sparse spotting at the breast-sides (not bar-shaped markings); that race also has fewer spots on the foreneck and is the brightest dowitcher dorsally, showing broad pale rust and white bars, almost like tiger-striping on the back and scapulars unlike this Long-billed.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III
f-stop
f/7.1
Focal length
420 mm
Shutter speed
1/800 sec
ISO
200
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,908KB
Dimensions
3056 x 2037

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