Wednesday 25 September 2019

Long-billed Dowitcher

Bowling Green is just ten minutes up the road for me so I didn't think twice about going to look at this little beauty. It spent most of its time asleep,  facing towards the growing audience, which wasn't terribly helpful, but eventually it moved enough to reveal nice plain juvenile tertials. I'm guessing it's the same bird that has recently been at Lodmoor. It will be interesting to see if that is indeed the case as much better photos than this have been taken.
This is my third in Devon. The first was at Fremington Pill on 19/2/91 and the second on Bowling Green on 24/10/07.
Also of note this afternoon - Avocet, Ruff and Common Sandpiper. It's looking good there at the moment. Thanks to Keith for finding it and getting the news out, and thanks to Mark for the text.


  1. Nice one. In January I normally have a long Norfolk weekend + this year we went to Frampton Marshes where we had good views of Long-billed Dowitcher.

    Will be heading west next week. Having a day around Penzance before going to Scilly for a week. Last time I went added Solitary Sandpiper + Blackpoll to my UK list.

  2. Hi Neil - could be good following these westerlies. Would love to go to the Scillies again - only been twice - both spring trips. Have a great trip. Al the best. Matt