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Long-billed Dowitcher: a poor lost soul

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Long-billed Dowitcher: a poor lost soul

Migration from summer nesting grounds to winter feeding grounds is an essential survival strategy for many birds but it can go badly wrong! Some get caught in strong winds and are blown off course, others just get their directions wrong and they can end up far from where they intended to be and separated from their fellows. Every winter we get a number of these vagrant species turn up here on the coast of Dorset and they are, of course, a 'twitchers' delight. 

This long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) turned up at Lodmoor in the winter of 2013 and stayed at least six weeks. This is a north American species and should be in Texas or further south still so Weymouth in winter must have been a bit of a shock for the poor thing. During its stay it also visited Radipole and Poole. Whether it perished here or eventually took off to try and find its way home we do not know but sadly it had little hope of ever reaching its intended destination.

It is usually after strong westerly gales that we get north American birds but some come the other way from Siberia ending up here rather than somewhere in Asia. It is not all plain sailing for migrating birds, it is fraught with danger.


 

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