Saturday, 2 May 2015

Twitching The Hud-Wit + CR Black-tailed Godwit

Twitching the HudWit
On the 25th April a Hudsonian Godwit was found at Meare Heath on the Somerset levels this was the fourth record for the UK, but unfortunately Jackie and I were unable to go and see it.  Next day it wasn't seen so as with many others we resigned ourselves that we had missed out.  Then low and behold on the morning of the 29th April it was re-found more or less in the same spot on Meare Heath but we had to go to a funeral.  Next day with hospital and appointments in the morning Jackie and I had to wait before heading off after lunch. After an hour and a half I was parking up in the Ham Wall car park.  It was still there which is alway a nice thing to hear when you are arriving at a twitch at any location.  After a few hundred metres walk we joined, maybe twenty or so, other birders looking over one of the pools where a group of Black-tailed Godwits were feeding and it didn't take long to pick out their North American cousin.
Hudsonian Godwit - Meare Heath, Somerset levels © Nick Hull
It had already been identified as an adult female by its size compared to the associating Black-tailed Godwits which were the smaller Icelandic race.  It also appeared a much darker well marked bird in comparison. It performed well though a little distant for good photography, so I had to digi-scoped it with the iPhone which managed a fair memory shot of this off coarse long distant vagrant.

CR Ringed Black-tailed Godwit
On the 28th April whilst leading a group around our patch of Lytchett Bay we came across a colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit and I promised to post here on our Blog the bird's history when I received it from the project database coordinator. So here goes:-
Adult Female [Lime (pale Green) over Niger (black) Orange over White with X]
LN-OX           10.07.08          Hrisholl, Berufjordur, Reykholar, NW Iceland
LN-OX           06.01.09          Holes Bay, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
LN-OX           07.02.09          Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           13.03.09          Bowling green Marsh RSPB reserve, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           29.09.09          Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
LN-OX           31.12.10          Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           13.02.11          Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           13.02.12          Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           27.09.12          Holes Bay, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
LN-OX           12.10.12          Wareham,  Poole Harbour,  Dorset,  S England
LN-OX           03.01.13          Bowling green Marsh RSPB reserve, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           25.04.13          Lytchett Bay, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
LN-OX           09.07.13          Reykhólar, NW Iceland
LN-OX           27.11.13          Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Devon, SW England
LN-OX           12.12.13          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           15.08.14          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           5.09.14            Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           2.10.14            Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           14.01.15          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           16.02.15          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           17.02.15          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           27.02.15          Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           4.03.15            Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           5.03.15            Holes bay, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, S England S England
LN-OX           17.04.15          Lytchett Bay, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
LN-OX           29.04.15          Lytchett Bay, Poole Harbour, Dorset, S England
As you can see it appears to like Poole Harbour.

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