Also contributing to the show are bar-tailed godwit
from the Artic tundra.
BIRD'S EYE: Shovelers, buzzards and blacktailed godwits
Not to be outdone is the fantastically named bar tailed godwit
, an elegant long-legged greyish wader with an even longer slightly upturned bill.
But the analysis of the 50 top wetland birds - excluding gulls - showed that other species including black-tailed godwits
and little egrets have increased their numbers in the winter months.
Geological Survey Alaska Science Center in Anchorage also tracked eight other godwits
BEFORE THEIR migration, bar-tailed h godwits
gather on their staging areas to feed, but also to coordinate the group's intentions, demonstrating what we call migratory restlessness--the massed, circling, erratic flights, the constant kirRUC-kirRUC-kirRUC calls.
Tens of thousands of migratory birds (including bar-tailed godwits
, eastern curlews, dunlins, and great knots) are in danger of starving now that South Korea has drained the Saemangeum wetlands, an estuarine tidal flat along the Yellow Sea.
Thousands of water birds called black-tailed godwits
stop at the marsh in Spain every year as they trek from their northern breeding grounds to their winter homes in Africa.
Bob Gill of the US Geological Survey and Theunis Piersma from Groningen University in the Netherlands looked at the time it took tagged godwits
to make this incredible journey in order to help conclude that the birds make it non-stop.
The most abundant birds were marbled godwits
(Limosa fedoa), small sandpipers (Calidris alpina, C.
Belfast Lough, Belfast - Black-tailed godwits
, can be seen feeding on the tidal mudflats and pools.
Bloodthirsty French hunters, frogsomely ignoring the Euro law that forbids it, are tooling up and, as I write, heading for their coast to blast four million British lapwing, redshank, curlew, snipe and godwits
out of the sky.