Marbled Godwit - Click To Enlarge

Marbled Godwit (Actually A Dowitcher)

The number of different shore birds in these marshes is astounding.  At this point the best I can do is focus on an individual bird and get a small series of photographs. ID them later because there is no time.

Marbled Godwit - Click To Enlarge
Marbled Godwit – Click To Enlarge

I caught this Godwit (Dowitcher) probing the soft mud for worms. The muddy drips from his beak can be seen in the image above.

Marbled Godwit - Click To Enlarge
Marbled Godwit – Click To Enlarge
Marbled Godwit - Click To Enlarge
Marbled Godwit – Click To Enlarge

They are actually large for a shore bird, about 18 inches (46 cm) tall. Adding to the confusion is they do not mind mixing with flocks of other birds.

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As usual these were taken on a windy day to avoid the hordes of ‘people eating’ insects in these marshes.

Note: I have been corrected (again) this is a Long-billed Dowitcher.

4 thoughts on “Marbled Godwit (Actually A Dowitcher)”

  1. I’ve never been good IDing any but the most obvious shorebirds. In this age of digital photography, you’ve come up with the answer: photograph them, then ID them later at leisure!

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    1. Except I published as a Godwit first, then people corrected me 😀. Frankly there are so many, and closely related it’s difficult no matter what.

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