Bar-tailed Godwits

To: "John Cummings" <>
Subject: Bar-tailed Godwits
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 10:39:51 +1000

None of the Bar-tailed Godwits I saw over the weekend showed any sign of breeding plumage. The birds at Wallaga Lake could have numbered up to 100 possibly as they were difficult to count and spread out across the lake at low tide - so 50 was a conservative number. I think most may be gone soon as the weather has been unseasonably warm up to now along the coast.

Many of the Red-capped Plovers were in breeding plumage, but none of the Double-banded Plovers were this time (as opposed to my last trip down that way in April).


"John Cummings" <>

15/06/2005 10:31 AM

"Julienne Kamprad" <>, <>
RE: [canberrabirds] Bar-tailed Godwits  +Azure KF, Black Falcon, W Goshawk, Pilotbird

Some times first year birds will over winter.  I have more often seen Whimbrels and Eastern Curlews here during winter.  20 is a fair number, were they at a high tide roost? 

Depending on departure and return we will often see migratory waders in breeding plumage.  Bar-tailed Godwits are the most noticed probably due to size and color.

All my experience is from further north so there may be some variations this far south.

Were these birds showing breeding plumage?

Sounds a great weekend. 


John Cummings

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From:Julienne Kamprad [
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2005 9:23 AM
To: ;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Bar-tailed Godwits +Azure KF, Black Falcon, W Goshawk, Pilotbird


Dear Coggers
It seems  the Bar-tailed Godwits are overwintering. Do we ever see them in breeding plumage in Australia?

Julienne K

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