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Black-tailed Godwit (summer)

Limosa limosa

Description:

I uploaded a couple of spottings of this bird in the winter (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/888...), and as you can see it is a pale imitation of the bird in summer plumage. Most godwits are winter visitors to the UK, and because I no longer saw the godwits at the usual spot I saw them over winter, I assumed that they had returned to their breeding grounds. It turns out Essex actually has a residential population of godwits, so I guess they moved further up the river once the cold weather left (don't know why?).

Habitat:

Estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Notes:

These were spotted along the Colne River, but no longer in Colchester. They were further down the river, in Wivenhoe.

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1 Comment

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

I never realised Essex had its own resident godwits!

LauraMaria
Spotted by
LauraMaria

Borough of Colchester, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 17, 2012

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