Before I start telling the Cape May tale, I wan’t to post these pictures of a bird I am confident is a Long-billed Dowitcher. The bird was present on a sandbar with SB dowitchers, Black-bellied Plovers, and Caspian Terns.
The bird very slightly larger than the other dowitchers with a teensy bit longer, more tapered, and very slightly decurved bill. The main fieldmark to note though was the profile, which was very humped, looking like it had swallowed a melon, (or, as the shorebird guide says, a grapefruit), which stood out. if you agree with me, please say so in the comments. If you don’t, let me know in the comments too. Here are the pics.-
I have also included a SB Dowitcher pic., from the same trip, to compare with LB Dowitcher.