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10 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

1: Black-bellied Plover (large size, stout bill)

2: I'll go with Long-billed Dowitcher

Why Long-billed? This is a basic plumaged bird and we can’t hear it. Unless location/time of year is sufficient to completely rule out one species, it is probably better left as Dowitcher sp.

That being said, it looks more like a Short-billed Dowitcher to me.

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35 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

Why Long-billed? This is a basic plumaged bird and we can’t hear it. Unless location/time of year is sufficient to completely rule out one species, it is probably better left as Dowitcher sp.

That being said, it looks more like a Short-billed Dowitcher to me.

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16 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

Unless location/time of year is sufficient to completely rule out one species, it is probably better left as Dowitcher sp.

Hear, hear. However, I would urge in coastal states for specific locations. That is because in Florida and other areas hosting wintering dowitchers, Short-billed are nearly always found along saltwater and Long-billeds are nearly always found along freshwater. There is quite a bit of slop, but, in winter, it's a good first dichotomy to address in dealing with dowitcher ID.

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