A Birding Lesson for Camera Critters' followers
If you don’t bird watch, now is a good time to start.
If you don't want to start, just enjoy the photo.
Notice the white upper rump and pale secondaries which is unique to dowitchers.
Long-billed dowitchers typically have darker tails in flight rather than gray as seen here.
The bill length is not always reliable due to much overlap in bill length.
Sibley’s guide to birds has a nice comparison of dowitchers.
In the Summer, the Short-billed Dowitcher is usually found on the Southern Coast of Alaska, and the Long-billed is a Summer resident on the tundra and along the Arctic coast. During our 5 weeks in Alaska in 2006, we saw both species in their proper places.
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
(Click on the photo to see identifying marks)
The gull didn’t get the memo,
He’s going the wrong direction
Photographed in Anchorage, Alaska
July 7, 2006
These birds were flying over Westchester Lagoon,
only a few hundred yards from the beach of Cooks Inlet
I love to watch them wheel and turn in flight. I never get tired of watching flocks of birds. Or, just give me a single bird. That will more than suffice.
Be sure to scroll down and see the exciting award we received today
Troy and Martha