Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Birdblogging

The Short-Billed Dowitcher will be seen on the Eastern Shore of VA, where I did a lot of birding, during its migration. In winter, it goes farther south, in summer, farther north.

Cool Facts

* The nest and eggs of this species eluded discovery until 1906, and even that information was overlooked for a long while because they were attributed to the Long-billed Dowitcher. The nesting grounds of the eastern race were not discovered until the late 1950s.
* Although both sexes share incubation of the eggs, only the male takes care of the young once they hatch.

Found in freshwater mud flats and flooded agricultural fields.



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