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).
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).
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.
Shorebirds (sandpipers, plovers, yellowlegs, dowitchers
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.
A great white egret near Point of Ayr couldn't be relocated, but easier to connect with were two longbilled dowitchers
, North American waders, at the Dee Estuary's RSPB Inner Marsh Farm, along with garganey, hobby and a mandarin duck.
Widespread species such as Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri), Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), Black-bellied Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola), and dowitchers
Furthermore some shorebirds are rather similar in appearance, such as the North American dowitchers
(Limnodromus scolopaceus and griseus) to give one example, yet the displays are quite different in these closely related species.
As the tide goes out, shore-birds--godwits, dowitchers
, sandpipers-- stream from the salt marsh to probe the mud flats for food.
Commensal foraging and a "beater effect" involving Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers, and Short-billed Dowitchers
Head out over the levees (unpaved but well graded) if you'd like to see concentrations of sandpipers and long-billed dowitchers
picking over the mud flats.