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12 hours ago, Aaron said:

Yeah, long-billed is the only expected dowitcher this time of year in BC I believe 

Yes, if you are in costal SoCal like me in the winter, it’s almost impossible 

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Okay, I don't know a Dowitcher from the downeaster Alexa, but looking at the second photo, 

The middle bird appears to have a shorter bill than the other two, with less distinct tail spots, and less distinct, lighter markings on the back and wings.  Feel free to tell me those are within expected variation.

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The bird to on the right in the second pic has a long enough bill that we can call it Long-billed confidently based on bill length alone.

The bird immediately to its left has a shorter bill, but is still almost certainly Long-billed based on structure, plumage, location and time of year.

This shows the range of variation in bill length very well - more extreme individuals are pretty distinctive, but there is overlap 

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