Last Sunday, we had a chance to observe some Short-billed Dowitcher as well as Stilt Sandpipers at TTP.

 

As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, we are not yet good with identifying shorebirds.

That day, with help of another birder on site, we managed to identify these two beautiful birds.

 

A group of Dowitchers were gracefully picking food from the mud in the water walking along the shore.

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Short-billed Dowitcher
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Group of Dowitchers

Short-billed Dowitcher have a relatively long bill. The name kind of describes the opposite.

This is due to Short-billed Dowitcher having a relatively shorter bill compared to Long-billed Dowitcher.

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Short-billed Dowitcher
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Short-billed Dowitcher
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Short-billed Dowitcher

Those two species are extremely similar and it is hard to tell the difference.

According to eBird sighting map, it looks like Long-billed Dowitcher is uncommon in Toronto.

Among a group of Dowitchers, we noticed that there are some similar looking birds but its colors are more grayish and has longer legs.

I asked another birder and he told me that those are Stilt Sandpipers.

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Stilt Sandpiper (left) and Dowitchers (two in the front)
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Stilt Sandpiper in the centre

Stilt Sandpiper has longer legs, and a bit shorter slightly down curved bill compared to Dowitchers.

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Stilt Sandpiper
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Stilt Sandpiper

I couldn’t get enough of these beautiful birds. They are just stunning!

 

We spent the rest of the time watching them picking food, cleaning up their feathers, and just walking along the shore.

 

Shorebirds have been always difficult to enjoy since we couldn’t identify them.

But I am more motivated now than ever to read lot more about them and learn.

 

Happy Shorebirding! 🐤🐤🐤🐤

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