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Godwits + Phalarope

On arriving to help out at Reifel this afternoon there was not a large crowd of visitors, but that is normal for this time of year. The highlight from yesterday was some Marbled Godwits that had shown up and that I was hoping would return today.

Initially I walked the inner trails waiting until later in the afternoon to check the outside when the tide would start to come in and push the shorebirds into the ponds. When I did eventually head out to the west field, there was not much going on. It was not until closer to 4 pm that things finally started to happen.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

Eight Marbled Godwit flew in together.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

Seeing one or two is usually a treat, but eight at one time is pretty uncommon around here.

There was also a Wilson’s Phalarope among the birds showing up.

Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope

At first it was resting in a clump of grass,

Wilson's Phalarope
Wilsons’s Phalarope

… but eventually got up and started foraging for food.

In addition to the Godwits and Phalarope there were also Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Western Sandpiper. A pretty good variety for this time of year.