Bird #206 — Short-billed Dowitcher

limnodromus (marsh runner) griseus (grizzled)

Friday, May 15, 1981 — 7:15 am

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Poplar Creek Forest Preserve — Bode and Barrington Roads

The Short-billed Dowitchers were preening on mud flats in the middle of the slough.  One started wading in the water, then flew to another mud flat and began foraging again.  It rapidly jabbed its bill up and down in the mud and water.  When it glided in to land, I could see the long, white wedge that extended up its back.

The Dowitchers were bird number 26 for the day.  I kept at it until 6:00 p.m. and saw a total of 90 birds, 10 short of my goal but pretty good for a beginner.

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