Digiscoped photos of dowitchers at Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, on 1 September 2003.
Photo 1. Long bill? Short bill? Forget the bill! This is the view you need to identify dowitchers! Juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher.
Photo 2. Same bird as above. Stop! Don't look at the bill. Look at the tertials covering the wing tips and rump. Juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher.
Photo 3. Same juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher as above (front). Adult Long-billed Dowitcher behind (left).
Photo 4. Breeding plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher.
Photo 5. Quite worn breeding plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher, molting into winter plumage (see next photo).
Photo 6. Winter plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher. All these plumages on the same day at the same location! In fact, there was a juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher here that I was unable to photograph, too.