As of Thursday I have now completed the godwit gang. Hudsonian Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, and now finally the largest of them all, the Marbled Godwit. The Marbled Godwit breeds mainly in the central northern prairies of North America and winters along the southern coasts. It is an uncommon migrant on the coast of New England.
While kayaking next to Plymouth Beach in Massachusetts this beautiful bird touched down briefly on an offshore sand flat. Its gargantuan size was evident when compared to the nearby Semipalmated Sandpipers.
The other shorebirds on the beach numbered in the thousands with a Semipalmated Sandpiper majority. I finally saw my first Red Knots in Massachusetts, a long-awaited home-bird. There were quite a lot of them, at least 70 or more. White-rumped Sandpipers were also numerous.
Calidris sandpipers get me excited and the White-rumped is no exception. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite birds. A Pectoral Sandpiper also touched down briefly on the beach and I nabbed a few photos. Another one of my favorites; you don't usually see them on open sandy beaches as they prefer marshes.
Many Short-billed Dowitchers perused the mudflats looking like they were stitching up a huge quilt of sand as they systematically poked their bills into the ground like sewing machines. The juveniles were quite colorful.
Groups of Ruddy Turnstones in their stunning breeding plumage were also very fun to see. Another one of my favorite birds... I know I have too many but it is just too hard to choose! However, I tend to be most attracted to the ones that are the hardest to "get". This might mean finding one in the first place, or simply getting close enough to photograph.
Here is a link to my checklist: