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15 hours ago, DLecy said:

How is this being ID’ed as Long-billed?

There is quite a well documented history on this forum cautioning the identification silent winter dowitchers. I don’t see anything here that shows a definitive LBDO.

I actually measured the bill/head length ratio and the loral angle.  Both are squarely in the middle range where it could be either species.

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12 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Kevin T. Karlson, one of the authors of The Shorebird Guide, says most birds can be identified in all plumages. Not that I can do it. He does have a good page with tips on some things to look for:


Interesting. Based on some of the criteria outlined here, this bird points more toward SBDO, IMO.

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