Short-billed Dowitchers are one of those species that, at least for me, fade into the background once I have seen my first of the year.  In the summer I start to pay attention to them again until I find a Long-billed Dowitcher hiding among them, and then I have pretty much had enough of dowitchers for the year.  The only exception to this intentional ignorance of Limnodromus griseus is the young dowitchers, the brightly-colored beauties that start to peak a couple of weeks after the adult numbers peak, and brighten up the flocks of shorebirds with their fine feathers.

The photo above has an adult Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus in the middle.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.