23-B-2017 Short-billed Dowitcher
This time it was moving around much more and vocalized a few times. Its last call was the slightly descending “tu tu tu” flight call described as the “three note call” in the Sibley app -- resembling the lesser yellowlegs. To be sure, I listened to as many long-billed dowitcher recorded sounds as I could find, but didn’t hear anything comparable.
better shots were taken by others later that day.
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description and photos support the identification of Short-billed Dowitcher.
well described - hearing and describing the vocalization convinced me along with other field marks noted.
Looks good, structurally; more slender and less potato-shaped than LBDO with a bill that is obviously kinked about a third of the way from the end and shorter than most if not all LBDO. Plumage wise, the tail pattern (preponderance of thick white barring), broad pale supercillium, golden edged/barred mantle/scapular feathers, and spotted (not barred) underparts/flanks all strongly supports short-billed. In fact the golden color on the mantle and the distinct spots on the flanks suggest an eastern ssp. "hendersonii" SBDO. Finally, the flight calls described by Amy are diagnostic of short-billed and not long-billed. Nicely documented.
Call note description very helpful to go along with whiter tail, etc.
The bird's spotted flanks and call appear to confirm the identification as a Short-billed Dowitcher. Could this be the hendersoni subspecies?
description and photographs are good.
Description of this bird’s alarm call (“tu tu tu”), discussion of flank spotting vs barring, and size of white bars in the tail all point to this being a good, probably “Central/Henderson’s” Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus hendersoni). The photos indicate the poor health of this bird, but still show distinguishing marks, particularly retrices patterning and flank spotting. In addition, this bird has the “look” about the head that Short-billeds show.