Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Species
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa). Winter plumage. Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 10th 2017.
Winter plumage. Taken at Titchwell, Norfolk, on October 10th 2017.
(1/320th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 31st 2014.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 31st 2014.
(1/640th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 37 - 42 cm (incl. bill); WS: 63 - 74 cm

Black-tailed Godwits are large wading birds. In summer, they have bright orangey-brown chests and bellies, but in winter they are greyish-brown. Their most distinctive features are their long beaks and legs, and the black and white stripes on their wings.

British resident birds migrate to Africa in the winter. Icelandic birds winter in the UK.

The Black-tailed Godwit breeds on extensive wet meadows, grassy marshes, and boggy moorland.

This is a red list species. There are about 60 breeding pairs in the British Isles. Around 44000 Icelandic birds over-winter here.

Sightings

09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (171)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (50+)

12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (50+)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (20+)

04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (100+)

24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (23)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (c.85)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6)

13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (12)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (c20)