[Mystery bird] Probable Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus, remains were fairly close to a busy industrial road northern Alberta (roughly 300 km northeast of Edmonton) Canada. [short of microscopic examination of these feathers or DNA analysis, this bird will probably never be definitively identified, sorry]
Image: Marcel Gahbauer, August 2009 [larger view].
Scanned, not photographed.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
The collector writes;
The location of this bird is northern Alberta (roughly 300 km northeast of Edmonton), and the habitat was black spruce forest with some jack pine. The feathers were found fairly close to a busy industrial road, so I would think it’s not a particularly shy species – though I suppose it could have been killed elsewhere and brought there by its predator to be plucked. I’ve included a ruler (both inches and cm) for scale with the feathers to help.