12 comments on “Warm Wader Welcome – Return of the Godwit.

  1. Ashley, that video on the crabs was so entertaining and cute. I like how you added them to the post with the Godwits. It gives a broader perspective on how the different species live. We are in migration time too and I am headed to see raptors. I do wish I lived where I would see more waders though. I think they are comical as they scurry across the sand and low tide.

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    • Thanks Donna, it is good to hear from you again, I do hope you are able to get out birding more. Waders are my wonderful summer distraction but Raptors are also one of the favorites which we both enjoy. Raptors and Waders are two of the birds I get excited about. Hoping you enjoy some good raptor finds. Thanks again for sharing:-)

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  2. I am happy to learn that your waders have started to return. The Godwit is such an impressive bird – those 8 day migrations! I am always in awe for their skill and determination. The little ducklings are too cute, little fluff balls. I hope many of them survive. Have a blessed weekend with many gifts as you guys go birding 🙂

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    • Thanks Tiny, I did see a larger flock today as they were loosing the tide huddled together on the last sand bank. It is great to see them return. I also looked in on the duckling family and they are doing well and growing fast. I have to make a long mercy trip this weekend to Melbourne for one of my family, it will be quite exhausting, not sure that the weather will permit any quick birding on the way. Our weekend will be out of the usual. Hope yours is wonderful and the salt marsh more accessible:-)

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    • Thanks Sue, yes they are my favourite wader next to the Stilts, I never grow bored watching them and often will get my coffee and cake and sit by the beach watching them work the mudflats. Yes that was a very unique capture of the duckling, I had to include it in my post. Have a wonderful week:-)

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    • Thanks Deb, it is amazing how they do their return journey, It is interesting also that they return to Alaska via Asian coastline with several stops along the way. It is their return to Australia which is the non stop flight. There would be thousands of them in the air over the Pacific Ocean right now. These birds are found in other parts of the world, we have seen them in England also during their summer. Thanks so much for your comment, Have a great week:-)

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    • Yes Kathy, it is a very unusual glance from this little fellow, I love these unusual character expressions in birds and animals, I must have just caught it at the right time.

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  3. What great news! We spent the day out looking in the usual spots, but didn’t see any returning waders at all. Although others have reported a stram of arrivals.
    The Bar-tailed are such a grand looking bird.
    Top video of them, alhought I’m going to have have to have to ‘tweak’ my imagination a bit more 🙂

    And of course I loved to see the sunshine.
    David

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    • Yes David I agree they are a grand looking bird, I love the patterns they display in flight. Small flocks are being sighted in some areas, but the full number is still on its way here. I agree about the need to tweak ones imagination to get the godwit sound. Have a great week:-)

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