5 Continental Black-tailed Godwits

Cley, Norfolk

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.

“Hi Martin

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.
Good times!

Mark Golley”

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:

Dear Martin,
Your recent article on limosa Black-tailed Godwits came in very useful in identifying a Black-tailed Godwit I found at Titchwell on the 9th of June. The fact that it was ringed helped as well! We discovered that it was ringed as a chick on 05/05/1999 at the Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire. It returned to its natal site to nest during 2002, 2003 and 2004. It was also seen on 06/06/2010 at Titchwell. I’ve attached a photo of it that I took which you might like to see.
 Have a nice summer,
Jonathan Farooqi

adult Continental Black-tailed Godwit, Titchwell RSPB reserve, 9th June 2012, by Jonathan Farooqi

4 thoughts on “5 Continental Black-tailed Godwits

  1. Mark Golley

    Hi Martin
    Another brief update ~ WY//WB has moved! Still at Cley on Friday evening but today (July 1st) it has relocated to the freshmarsh at Titchwell ~ with a whole heap of newly laid down grey winter feathers in place in just four days. Super selection of some 300 islandicas there today and Richard Millington and I discovered seven limosas in all (including another colour-ringed bird from an, as yet, unknown scheme).
    Great way to spend a few hours, the birds showing wonderfully well in great light.
    Mark G

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