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Short-Billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

The Short-Billed Dowitcher and the Long-Billed Dowitcher are very difficult to distinguish in the field. Both are known for their “sewing machine” action while feeding. It is the ‘flight call’ that is most often used to determine which dowitcher you’ve seen, but the Short-Billed favors beaches and mud flats, whereas the Long-Billed favors grassy fresh water areas. When not breeding in central Canada or southern Alaska these birds migrate to and from as far south as coastal California, Mexico, Central and South America.

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