I shouldn't even weigh in on that bird, being admittedly shorebird-challenged, but... There was patterning on the bird's back - in fact, we joked that when it turned it back on us, we'd have thought it to be a mourning dove (size was close too). It did indeed have a noticeable droop to the bill, which we even commented was "dunlin-like" - but no snipe were around at the time, the bird was alone, feeding with a definite sewing-machine up and down motion. It also had faint diffuse barring on the upper breast, viewed through a bright Swarowski scope. There was a light supercilium as well. We weren't really considering dunlin in the differential, but between dowitcher and stilt, I felt quite sure it was not the former. Leni Friedman è Stilt would show some slight gray patterning; You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.