The number of dowitchers
recorded by Mengel at Sharjah (up to 100) is exceptional but may conceivably reflect a former abundance (and more westerly wintering distribution) for the species.
Our finding of higher long-billed dowitcher
densities at Teshekpuk than at Prudhoe Bay is consistent with other studies, which found that dowitchers
are not a common breeder at Prudhoe Bay (Hohenberger et al.
were placed alone; recurvirostrids-American avocets (Recurvirostra americana), black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus); large charadriids-black-bellied plovers, killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), and ruddy turnstones (Scolopacidae, Arenaria interpres) because they occupy a niche similar to black-bellied plovers; small charadriids-piping plovers, snowy plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus), Wilson's plovers (C.
The most abundant birds were marbled godwits (Limosa fedoa, a = 2985), small peeps (2361), willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, 922), dowitchers
(891), and black-bellied plovers (Pluvialis squatarola, 252).
The armies of shorebirds--greater and lesser yellowlegs, long-billed and short-billed dowitchers
, willet, sandpipers, whimbrels, curlews, godwits, dunlins, snipes--have worked their way far to the north, foraging by day and traveling by night.
Birders can watch migratory species such as endangered clapper rails, dowitchers
, and American avocets from the platform at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary.
No attempt was made routinely to separate Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) from Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Short-billed Dowitchers
(Limnodromus griseus) from Long-billed Dowitchers
(Limnodromus scolopaceus), or Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) from Neotropic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus).
alexandrinus, and Pluvialis squatarola), Dunlin (Calidris alpina), Long and Short-billed Dowitchers
(Limnodromous griseus and L.
Species already affected include American wigeons, northern shovelers, yellow rails, stilt sandpipers, Hudsonian godwits and short-billed dowitchers
Agonistic behavior in short-billed dowitchers
feeding on a patchy resource.
Some 200 bird species, including oystercathers, plovers, sandpipers, whimbrels and dowitchers
, prefer beaches, mud flats, swamps, marshes or back bays along the North American coastline to inland areas.
Fishermen with a good sense of curiosity can encounter and enjoy many other unique shorebirds, as well, including oyster catchers, black-bellied plovers, short-billed and long-billed dowitchers
, red knots, Hudsonian godwits, whimbrels, white-rumped sandpipers, phalaropes, willets and lesser yellowlegs.