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.

Marbled Godwit

After getting a text of a Marbled Godwit being located at Reifel, I decided to make some time in the afternoon to head out there.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

The Godwit was located in the southwest field on a log with some Yellowlegs and Dowitchers.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

While it did head out into the water briefly,

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

… it also spent¬†time wandering on the logs.¬†Catching an insect here,

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

… and striking the occasional pose along the way.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

The Marbled Godwit even found a feather to play with,

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

… while it continued along the logs

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

… and checking everything out.

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

Then it settled down to do what it did most,

… a little preening and a lot of snoozing the afternoon away.