Way back in January 2009 I was fortunate to get close enough to a small group of feeding BLACK-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa limosa) at Farlington Marshes and managed a few reasonable digi-scoped images including one colour ringed individual.
I remember sending in a report of this sighting to the appropriate 'recorder' and received an acknowledgement and a promise to learn more about its history .... but was only told that it was ringed as a juvenile male at Farlington Marshes in September 2008. I was therefore somewhat surprised to receive an e-mail today .... some 3 years later .... which provided an updated history of this individuals' sightings up to the end of last year
18 Nov 2008 Pagham Harbour, Chichester, West Sussex, S England
19 Nov 2008 Pagham Harbour, Chichester, West Sussex, S England
17 Jan 2009 Farlington Marshes LNR, Portsmouth, Hampshire, S England
12 July to 6 Sept 2010 Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, Kent, SE England
29 Nov 2010 Langstone Bridge, Hayling Island, Hampshire, S England
15 Dec 2010 Langstone Bridge, Hayling Island, Hampshire, S England
29 Jan 2011 Langstone Bridge, Hayling Island, Hampshire, S England
26 Mar 2011 Maldon, Blackwater Estuary, Essex, E England
25 Apr 2011 Melasveit, Borgarfjarðarsýsla, W Iceland
31 Oct 2011 Motney Hill, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE England
30 Dec 2011 Hayling Bridge, Langstone Harbour, Hayling Island, Hampshire, S England
02 to 11 Feb 2012 Hayling Bridge, Langstone Harbour, Hayling Island, Hampshire, S England
30 Dec 2012 Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, S England
30 Dec 2012 North Wall, Pagham Harbour, West Sussex
Whilst I wasn't surprised to learn that this wader has generally stayed faithful to the area around Langstone Harbour where it fledged, apart from spending some time at Oare Marshes in Kent (Summer 2010), there has been one sighting reported from outside the UK when this bird decided to migrate to Iceland in 2011.
I wonder where it will be seen next? I am looking forward to returning to Farlington Marshes next month on a birding day with a few friends from the Surrey Bird Club. FAB.
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