Connecticut Hosts an Unusual Shorebird

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

The annual shorebird migration is in full swing and vigilant eyes can pick out some rarities, like the Marbled Godwit that appeared in Connecticut last week.  While not a Connecticut record, this bird’s presence spiked a lot of interest in local birding enthusiasts.  The Marbled Godwit is a large sandpiper, 18″ tall, that breeds in Montana, the Dakotas and southern Canada (orange blob on map) and migrates (yellow) to more southern shores for the winter (blue portions on map).   I saw it among a group of gulls in a flooded parking lot in Stratford, Connecticut.  It breeds in marshy, prairie wetlands which is where I first saw one on a visit to North Dakota.  According to Cornell University’s All About Birds , their nests are hard to find as they don’t flush off the nest readily when disturbed, and can even be picked up off the nest.  It made for an exciting Sunday morning.



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    denhug said,

    Thanks for the range information. A few Marbled Godwits show up in southwestern Idaho during migration but I’d never looked to see where they were heading.


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    Jessica said,

    Very cool! I hope he enjoys his visit to the East Coast and has a safe flight south. 😀


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