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 Short-billed Dowitcher

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient

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

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Short-billed Dowitcher Archives Reports
Fall 2003 375
Spring 2003 52
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 55
Summer 2002 126
Spring 2002 109
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 115
Summer 2001 134
Spring 2001 50
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 39
Summer 2000 25
Spring 2000 695
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 70
Spring/Summer 1999 11

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

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

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 griseus (Gmelin)
Eastern Dowitcher (A.O.U. 1998: Short-billed Dowitcher)

Uncommon transient.

SPRING.-L. W. Campbell states (1940: 79-80) that May specimens have been taken in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. Spring specimens (U.M.M.Z.) �were taken at Austin Lake, Kalamazoo County, on May 14, 1879, by B. F. Sykes, and at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, on May 18, 1934, by F. C. Gillett.

FALL.-Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken in fall from the first part of July to the middle of September: at Elliot Creek, Cheboygan, on August 27,2023 (1, by Theodora Nelson); at Portage Lake, Jackson County, on September 13, 2023 (1, by L. D. Case) ; in Ecorse Township, Wayne County, on July 14, 1906, and August 26, 2023 (1 on each date, by Taverner); and in the Erie marsh, Monroe County (over a dozen specimens, by L. W. Campbell and others) from July 10 (1938) to August 21 (1933).

WINTER.-Harold Mayfield and L. W. Campbell collected a male Eastern Dowitcher (U.M.M.Z.) in Erie Township, Monroe County, on December 5, 1943.

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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