Bar-tailed Godwits


Claude Lyneis
 

The New York Times has a great article on Bar-tailed Godwits https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/20/science/migratory-birds-godwits.html?smid=url-share

Since they migrate from Alaska to New Zealand, I wondered if they are ever seen in the Bay Area.  I see Marbled Godwits frequently, especially this time of year and would not have identified a Bar-tailed Godwits mixed in with them.  

Marbled Godwit from Pt Isabel yesterday. https://flic.kr/p/2nP1swZ


Joe Morlan
 

On Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:24:26 -0700, "Claude Lyneis" <cmlyneis@...>
wrote:

Since they migrate from Alaska to New Zealand, I wondered if they are ever seen in the Bay Area. I
California has 65 accepted records with several from the Bay Area.

https://www.californiabirds.org/queryDatabase.asp?species=Bar-tailed+Godwit&accepted=on
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Jeff Manker
 

There was one on the beaches near Santa Cruz this time last year.

Jeff Manker 

On Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 1:38 PM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
On Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:24:26 -0700, "Claude Lyneis" <cmlyneis@...>
wrote:

>Since they migrate from Alaska to New Zealand, I wondered if they are ever seen in the Bay Area.  I

California has 65 accepted records with several from the Bay Area.

https://www.californiabirds.org/queryDatabase.asp?species=Bar-tailed+Godwit&accepted=on
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA




W Hudson
 

One was reported at the Emeryville Marina on Halloween 2019 and graciously hung around in the rip rap just off the path, providing great looks and plenty of time to study and make comparisons well into November to whomever went to look.  There was usually a small knot of admirers, so one didn't even have to spend time trying to pick it out.

I don't remember who told us of having handled one just before the migration, but the description was that it was so fat that it felt like a water balloon filled with Jello-O.

William Hudson


On 9/25/2022 1:51 PM, Jeff Manker wrote:

There was one on the beaches near Santa Cruz this time last year.

Jeff Manker 

On Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 1:38 PM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
On Sun, 25 Sep 2022 12:24:26 -0700, "Claude Lyneis" <cmlyneis@...>
wrote:

>Since they migrate from Alaska to New Zealand, I wondered if they are ever seen in the Bay Area.  I

California has 65 accepted records with several from the Bay Area.

https://www.californiabirds.org/queryDatabase.asp?species=Bar-tailed+Godwit&accepted=on
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA







Marie Cerda
 

In October 2019 there was a Bar-tailed Godwit AND a Hudsonian Godwit in the same flock of Marbled Godwits for a bit of time at a beach near Half Moon Bay. I happened to be working for San Mateo County Parks at the time and they were at a beach that was one of our properties, so I stopped by and was lucky enough to see them both!