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Old Dec 7, 2006, 8:00 PM   #1
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Very casual Fall day in Redondo....

Anybody have a positive ID for this bird?
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 9:12 PM   #2
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Looks like a great shot of a long-billed dowitcher (a type of sandpiper).
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Old Dec 8, 2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thanks, bmullen, I always thought it was a "long-billed dowitcher"....JK, I had no idea what it was....I called it a sandpiper cause it kept sticking the long beak down into the wet sand and pulling up some morsels.

thanks for the ID and positive thoughts.

ps. are these birds common in your part of the country?
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Old Dec 8, 2006, 7:27 PM   #4
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Once in a while they are seen at the Jersy shore areas but probably a little more common at the Delaware shore areas in the winter.
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Old Dec 9, 2006, 3:26 PM   #5
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This is a really nice shot, well composed, nice focus, good colour, and a sense of movement.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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Thanks for the kind words...and the ID.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 6:41 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure it is a Marbled Godwit.

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 7:36 PM   #8
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Adding to my previous post. That is a very nice shot. The Marbled Godwit is quite a large shorebird, about 18" long with long legs, a slightly upcurved bill, two tone bill like your picture. The dowitcher is about half the size with a straight dark bill and shorter legs. Dowitchers tend to be in the water most ofthe time and are darker in colour. Google both and you should be able find pictures

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 8:39 PM   #9
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Thanks, RT....

this bird's body is only about 10" long, not counting the beak. It's legs are maybe also around 10".

Maybe it's some sort of west coast variant. (We're famous for that, you know)

Thanks again for the praise and info.
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