thanx Joseph & Allan,
good to know... i'm not going to be chasing it either.
> CC: ; ;
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher
> Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:23:24 -0800
> In my opinion the plumage of this bird is unlike any Short-billed Dowitcher
> and fits all expected features of Long-billed Dowitcher. Key features are:
> 1. Spotting across the foreneck
> 2. Black centered scapular feathers with contrasting white fringes
> Other features supportive of Long-billed include barring on the sides of
> the breast, a straight (not angled) lore line between the eye in the bill,
> and bill length.
> The previous post identifying it as a Short-billed was incorrect in a
> number of points. In particular this plumage of this bird is impossible
> for a Short-billed of the race L. g. caurinus which never has the
> underparts completely colored. If it is a Short-billed, it would have to
> be the interior race L. g. hendersoni which can look very much like a
> Long-billed. However I believe hendersoni can be eliminated by the
> foreneck and scapular pattern.
> The previous post seemed to focus too much on structural "jizz" differences
> which are variable, hard to assess, and often overlapping. That said, voice
> recordings would be a nice addition to the record. But I would be very
> surprised if they did not confirm Long-billed.
> On Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:05:41 +1100, martin cachard <>
> >hello everyone,
> >is it clear as yet which species this straggling Dowitcher is ??
> >I recall reading some interesting stuff here a couple of days ago that
> >suggested strongly that this bird could be actually a Short-billed - posted
> >by a local showing ID notes from a Northern Hemisphere birder colleague who
> >has a great deal of experience with both this species & Long-billed on
> >migration, & in the hand from banding studies... if my memory serves me
> >rightly, he was suggesting a female due to the Oz stragglers long-ish bill,
> >amongst other characters...
> >maybe someone should get some voice recordings of this individual to aid in
> >the actual ID...??
> >just a thought...
> >martin cachard,
> >> From:
> >> Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:51:15 +1100
> >> To: ;
> >> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Dowitcher
> >> Hi Birders,
> >> I'm embarking on a healthy drive tonight from the Central Coast NSW to
> >> hopefully see the LBD tomorrow. Aiming to be there around 11am. More
> >> impressive, I've brought my loving wife and both kids. I'm very restricted
> >> for time and I'd greatly appreciate if anyone visiting tomorrow would be
> >> kind enough to call or message me if the bird is found 0415904710 (and
> >> please ask it to stay put until I get there). Alternatively, if you'd like
> >> to exchange numbers feel free to text me.
> >> Thanks in advanced
> >> Tim Faulkner
> >> Sent from my iPhone
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