Mark Golley has seen up to 5 Continental Black -tailed Godwits this last week. Wish we got some a little further north in Britain. OR- maybe we do sometimes and they aren’t being picked up? Here, Mark’s news attached to post which is reblogged from July last year. Hope it helps others to connect with these interesting waders.
I’ve been lucky enough to find at least five “new” limosas this week at Cley (between June 23rd-27th 2013) including the bird that Jonathan photographed at Titchwell last year (WY//WB) ~ he appeared here on 26th. Presumably a male, his plumage this year is far more intense than last year, richer, deeper tones of orange and rust, with a few more summer feathers on the mantle, scapulars and one or two coverts.The barring on the underparts is also much more intense this year. He’s a fine beastie! Two superb new males last night, four on Pat’s Pool in total, with the huge second summer (3cy) faded female and a petite scruffy summer male that’s been around since Monday.
There’s also a nice video just come out from Welney WWT on their breeding ‘limosas’ with chick footage. HERE
Now is the time and North Norfolk, one of the best places to see continental Black-tailed Godwits. Last July (2011) I had excellent tutorial seeing an unringed adult and Nene washes ringed adult, both in North Norfolk. From this summer, Jonathan Farooqi writes: