[Tweeters] Skagit godwits

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 13 21:28:17 PDT 2019


Dear Tweeters,
Marv Breece and I were not seeing too many shorebirds at the Fir Island Game Range this afternoon (13th July), so we decided to go to Hayton Reserve. We jokingly remarked that we had to hurry up and get to Hayton so we could see the Hudsonian Godwit.
We were not too disappointed when we got there and saw two godwits out on an islet in the main pond. One was a MARBLED GODWIT. We agonized quite a while over the other godwit. We watched it standing, walking, stretching, and finally flying off with the Marbled Godwit; it was so pale, with no red or cinnamon on it, and the upperwings and underwings were so whitish, and the bird was so much smaller than the Marbled Godwit with it, that I can't call it anything but a Bar-tailed Godwit--it was not a Hudsonian, of course, but a very good bird nonetheless! 
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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