Content preview: ?voice can be used as a very reliable and easy field mark?
This is certainly true in the US where you typically see them in flocks
migration. Not so useful when I saw the bird in SA several years ago, when
there was one dowitcher among hundreds of other noisy waders. ID then
very challenging. [...]
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=93voice can be used as a very reliable and easy field mark=94
This is certainly true in the US where you typically see them in flocks dur=
ing migration. Not so useful when I saw the bird in SA several years ago, w=
hen there was one dowitcher among hundreds of other noisy waders. ID then b=
ecomes very challenging.
On 13 Nov 2014, at 3:30 am, wrote:
> Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:58:10 +1100
> From: "cgregory123 ." <>
> To: birdingaus mailing list <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Long-billed Dowitcher on Lake Tutchewop
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> Here is an interesting article on the difficulty of distinguishing between
> the Long and Short-billed Dowitcher species and a guide on to how to go
> about it in the field.
> I've picked out a couple of points the authors make.
> "To make matters worse, many birders, including seasoned birders, rely on
> habitat preference as a "field mark". Not only is this an useless field
> mark during migration when both species occur side-by-side and in habitats
> that they are not "expected" to be in, but it also masks any information
> regarding local movements of dowitchers between habitats."
> "One difference, as pointed out by Putnam (2005), is that Long-billeds mo=
> their primaries during transit whereas Short-billeds wait until they arri=
> at their wintering grounds to molt their primaries."
> "The best field mark for distinguishing the two dowitcher species is voic=
> Short-billed gives a "call *tututu*, a staccato series of low, musical
> notes a bit faster than but similar to those of a Lesser Yellowlegs"
> (Paulson, 1993). Long-billed typically gives a higher pitched *keek* or
> *peep* call often repeated several to numerous times in rapid succession.
> The difference in voice is regarded as a nearly fail-proof field mark, and
> over the course of our studies."
> Chris Gregory
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