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Short-billed Dowitcher

Among the many shorebirds I saw the other morning on my walk along Tigertail Beach, were a large quantity of these Short-billed Dowitchers. At least I'm pretty sure of the ID after checking carefully in several guides. I'm never quite certain when it comes to identifying the small shorebirds as there are so many similarities. They use a rapid probing action with their long straight bills to probe deep into sand and mud for insects.

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Taken on March 7, 2012