[Tweeters] ID Help

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 21:36:46 PDT 2015

I see that the pheasant question has been answered quite well! However, I don't see an answer for the dowitcher question, though I might have missed it.

The identification of this bird is a bit difficult, because it appears (at least to me) to be an adult nearing non-breeding plumage, when identification is sometimes impossible. However, the overall plainness of the bird among remaining alternate [breeding] feathers (I always think of Short-billed as being "brighter", for some reason) and especially the habitat support this as a Long-billed Dowitcher! :)

(If I made any incorrect statements, I welcome another Tweeter to correct me.)

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

> On Sep 29, 2015, at 8:15 PM, Linda Phillips <linda_phillips1252 at msn.com> wrote:


> Today I added species #113 to my Wallace Swamp Creek Park (19851 73rd Ave. NE Kenmore) list. The only problem is I'm not sure what it is.

> Napping on a log in the middle of the sediment pond was a shore bird. I think it is a dowitcher, I'm leaning toward Long-billed but I'd like a second opinion.

> Pictures can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/88699795@N03/

> While you're there see if you can identify the pheasant. Shortly after last month's storm a female pheasant joined my friend's back yard chicken flock. Any suggestions as to what it is? We speculate that someone nearby has a collection of exotic birds and one escaped during the storm.

> Linda Phillips

> Kenmore




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