When I casually started to watch local birds a dozen years or so ago, I posited that there was no point in paying attention to shorebirds — there were just too many similar ones.

I adapt. 

With time, I realized that we have both the (rather few) standard summer residents, and the migrants (passing through, the shoulder-season visitors). So, from late July through September, I now watch for migrants.

This year, I have seen fewer migrating shore birds, and certainly the wildfire smoke of the last week or so has kept the birds and me apart. I did see a Greater Yellowlegs a month ago, but that was it — until this morning. I have just spotted a Long-billed Dowitcher foraging in a pond adjacent to the lakeshore.

A Long-billed Dowitcher looks up briefly as it forages in a pond adjacent to the lakeshore.


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5 Responses to Dowitcher

  1. Sarah says:

    So much bill to carry around!

  2. Master Looks Up Briefly says:

    We are not annoyed by the heptametric rhythm in the caption, because, as in a passage from Darwin, we can be fairly sure it is not deliberate.

  3. Helen says:

    What a beautiful bird in a beautiful photograph!

  4. Karen Pidcock says:

    Such a nobly beautiful shorebird…thanks!!

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