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 Long-billed Dowitcher

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Long-billed Dowitcher.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Long-billed Dowitcher Archives Reports
Fall 2003 110
Spring 2003 0
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 4
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 31
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 11
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 0
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 3
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 1
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 12
Spring/Summer 1999 1

NMB Database
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For: Long-billed Dowitcher

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Long-billed Dowitcher
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Long-billed Dowitcher
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text

Limnodromus griseus Dowitchers

The species was first recorded in Michigan by Sager (1839: 416): "Scolopax griseus."

In Michigan, Dowitchers have been found with some regularity (singly or in very small flocks only) in mid-April, but chiefly in May and from early July to mid-October. They have been found in the following counties:

Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw, Jackson, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Eaton, Kent, Bay, Cheboygan, Mackinac, Chippewa, and Marquette (Gibbs, 1885: 151; Barrows, 1912 : 179-80). Monroe County seems to be the only area for which there are more than 1 or 2 observations.

Because of the difficulty involved in field identification of the subspecies the following accounts are based almost entirely on specimens. There are a few sight records of relatively large flocks of Dowitchers: F. C. Gillett saw 25 Dowitchers at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, on May 19, 1934. In the Erie marsh, Monroe County, L. W. Campbell found them more common in fall than in spring; he saw 20 there on July 7,1935, and again 20 on August 10, 1935, and has recorded stragglers until September and mid-October (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 80, 189; letter).

Limnodromus griseus scolopaceus (Say) Long-billed Dowitcher

Eight specimens (U.M.M.Z.) : 5 collected July 22 to August 12, 1934, and 2 collected August 10, 1935, in the Erie marsh, Monroe County, by L. W. and B. R. Campbell (1935: 81; L. W. Campbell, 1940: 79-80, 189); 1 collected September 10, 1939, near Linwood, Bay County, by Van Tyne. B. R. and L. W. Campbell have found the Long-billed Dowitcher of regular occurrence in fall, usually until September, occasionally until early Oc- tober, in the Toledo-Erie marsh area.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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