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Short-billed Dowitcher

This photo of a Short-billed Dowitcher was taken on May 4th, 2015 at Newton Hills State Park in South Dakota.  Telling a Short-billed from a Long-billed Dowitcher? Not easy, and not something I'm even comfortable doing without getting other people's opinions.  Short-billeds are much less common in South Dakota, but I feel comfortable calling this a Short-billed after showing to others and getting opinions.  Reason for the ID...the bit of droop in the bill, the "V" shaped lower coverts with more white up the sides, the relatively long primary feathers protruding past tertials, and the arched supercilium.   Photo taken with Canon 70D, 400 5.6L.

Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus

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