Short-billed Dowitcher

(Limnodromus griseus)

Conservation Status
Short-billed Dowitcher
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRM - Unranked Migrant

     
  Minnesota

not listed

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

11 to 12 in length

19 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Mudflats, lakeshores, marshes

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

May and early July to early September

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and allies)  
 

Family

Scolopacidae (sandpipers and allies)  
 

Genus

Limnodromus (Dowitchers)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Atlantic Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus griseus)

Pacific Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus caurinus)

Prairie Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus hendersoni)

 
       
 

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Steve Gulenchyn
       

Shouldn’t this guy have migrated by end of October?

He’s been working in my backyard area doing it for me for the past four days I’m worried he’s Byam self and doesn’t know how to migrate to warmer climates if I am correct in their identification. I live in Oak Grove Minnesota have never seen the species of bird in our area before today interesting!

  Short-billed Dowitcher
       
Lynn Rubey
       

A Short-Billed Dowitcher in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County in the West Pool area of the refuge on May 18, 2020.

    Short-billed Dowitcher
       
The Short-Billed Dowitcher stopped foraging for food long enough to spend a few minutes preening itself.   Short-billed Dowitcher
       
It walked in the marsh wetland one way then would turn around and walk the same path in the opposite direction foraging for food.   Short-billed Dowitcher
       
       
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Padre Island, Texas

  Short-billed Dowitcher    
       

Franklin’s Gull and Short-billed Dowitcher

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  Short-billed Dowitcher
Allen Chartier
 
  Short-billed Dowitcher  
     
  Short-billed Dowitchers
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  Short-billed Dowitchers  
 
About

Some of these photos are of two that were foraging very close to the side of the road (Riverlands Way) at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on 5/9/16. Others are from elsewhere, like Clarence Canon

 
     
  Short-billed Dowitcher
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  California Wildlife --- Short-Billed & Long-Billed Dowitchers (a comparison)
California Wildlife
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 18, 2013

Segment #1: Short-Billed Dowitchers

Segment #2: Long-Billed Dowitchers

Both segments recorded at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve & Wetlands, Huntington Beach, California, USA

   
       
  Short-billed Dowitcher
David Weintraub
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jun 23, 2011

Short-billed dowitcher is a medium-sized shorebird common on both U.S. coasts during migration.

   
       
  Short-billed Dowitcher, Tresco, Scilly, 120912
Ashley Fisher
 
   
 
About

Published on Sep 13, 2012

This juvenile constitutes the third record for Britain and the first for the Isles of Scilly (and the 65th species of wader for the archipelago). It was an excellent find for local birder, Will Wagstaff.

Separation from juv Long-billed Dowither is relatively straight forward given views like this! Features of note include the internal markings in the tertials and inner greater coverts (the so-called tiger striping), short primary projection, dark cap (paler and greyer in LBDO) and relatively bright plumage aspect (again greyer & relatively more uniform in LBDO).

Interestingly though, this bird is quite dull with just a hint of buff on the breast and this would suggest a bird of the nominate form, griseus, which breeds in Quebec and Newfoundland. And thus, perhaps, the form most likely to be expected in a vagrant context.

   
       
  Short-billed Dowitchers
RobAmyVideo
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 7, 2010

I used the Canon Mark IV with the Canon 800mm lens on a tripod with the Rode Stereo mic.

   
       
  Short-billed Dowitcher, Tresco, Scilly, 160912
Ashley Fisher
 
   
 
About

Published on Sep 16, 2012

More footage of the juvenile SBDO: I just couldn't resist going back for more views!

Some birders are finding it difficult to locate, but (apart from its first day) it has always frequented the same part of the beach adjacent to skirt Island at the following grid ref: 49.94425 -6.32002

   
       

 

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Steve Gulenchyn
10/29/2020

Location: Oak Grove, Minnesota

Shouldn’t this guy have migrated by end of October?

He’s been working in my backyard area doing it for me for the past four days I’m worried he’s Byam self and doesn’t know how to migrate to warmer climates if I am correct in their identification. I live in Oak Grove Minnesota have never seen the species of bird in our area before today interesting!

Short-billed Dowitcher


Lynn Rubey
5/18/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Short-Billed Dowitcher in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County in the West Pool area of the refuge on May 18, 2020.

Short-billed Dowitcher


     
         
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