Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus
The bill of the long-billed dowitcher has many nerve endings that help it locate prey/ Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach
A dowitcher seen near fresh water is more likely to be the long-billed dowitcher than its relative the short-billed dowitcher.  The dowitcher’s bill is full of nerve endings that it makes it useful for finding prey.  This bird walks slowly, lifting its head up and down like a sewing machine’s needle when it sews. The long-billed dowitcher is a migrant in throughout the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.

Facts About Long-billed Dowitcher

Almost as long as a foot-long submarine sandwich

Bill is dagger like

Looks similar to the short-billed dowitcher