Once considered one of the rarest of birds, the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica) is indeed rarely seen. But much of that was actually due to the godwit's long-range migration tactic, as they will often fly from breeding grounds in boreal Canada all the way down to South America in one fell swoop. It is thought that their interesting name stems from their calls, which sound quite a lot like "godwit!" Their name also helps birders separate these wildly long-billed sandpipers from other sandpipers with wildly long bills. How? Because, unlike the others, the godwit's bill turns up toward God at the end.
This was a lifer for me, photographed just after dawn this morning!
If you’ve heard a whining sound while out on a hike or whatever, you’ve probably heard this character unless if it was a squirrel. These are common breeding birds for most of the North America and while looking for warblers at Magee Marsh, they were there in huge numbers. Every other bird I saw there this past spring seemed to be one of these mouthy migrants. 🌲
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Silver and Carolina Wood Ducks chillin' in the shadows of the pond. The flamingos put a beautiful reflection and colors to the water. (Bokeh from the lens also adds to the unusual colors and patterns in the water. )
Nikon D500 Nikkor 300mm 2.8 plus 1.4 × Teleconverter