Here is a link to a couple of photos that took yesterday....
On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 3:49 AM, Joseph Morlan <> wrote:
> Both species can give a single call note, although it's more typical of
> Short-billed has a lower-pitched more mellow call, usually three rapid
> notes "toodle-doo" especially in flight. However they may also give a
> single mellow "tu" or "tup" note depending on context, especially while
> Long-billed has a higher, squeakier call, "keeek" recalling Sanderling. It
> may also call in series as "keeek keeek keeek" but with a much longer space
> between the individual notes cf. Short-billed. Long-billed is much more
> vocal, frequently keeping up a lot of chatter while foraging. Short-billed
> is often silent except when disturbed or when flying with a flock.
> In California, Long-billed prefers fresh water, including inland lakes and
> flooded fields, but will also use estuaries. Short-billed prefers tidal
> mudflats. However, there are three different subspecies of Short-billed
> Dowitcher one of which migrates regularly inland in North America.
> Short-billed is a much longer distance migrant, regularly reaching southern
> South America. Long-billed is extremely rare anywhere south of the
> equator. I am aware of only one specimen from Argentina.
> I have not yet seen an unambiguous photo of the bird. I have seen this
> from the a camera back posted on eremaea...
> Interesting bird. Where are the Facebook photos?
> On Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:41:27 +1100, "Mike Carter" <>
> >Because James Mustafa tells me that the bird issued a single note call it
> >a Long-billed Dowitcher. It is still there in a big flock of waders but
> >on the northern end of the lake not the SW corner where found. That area
> >already dry. 4WD vehicles are not required but it seems as though the lake
> >could be drying fast.
> >Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
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> >Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia
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> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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