There’s a reason why they call them Long-billed Dowitchers - earned mainly by the female, whose bill is noticeably longer than that of Short-billed Dowitchers. These sweet shorebirds plunge their bills deep into wet mud to find invertebrate snacks. The tip of their bill has tactile receptors that allow dowitchers to locate their prey by touch. Amazing hey? Burnaby Lake - Metro Vancouver’s urban oasis - is one of the best places to find a flock in winter time.