Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hudsonian Godwit, Somerset, Sat 2nd May

As the Hudsonian Godwit that was found last weekend in somerset reappeared on Wednesday I decided that if it was still present this weekend I would make the journey down there.It was still there on the Friday so on Saturday morning at 7.30 a.m I checked birdguides to see if it had been seen and it was the first bird on there so it was off to somerset.
When we arrived,we parked up and then walked the 300 or so metres to where the bird was.The Godwit was seen right at the back of the pool amongst the flock of Black tailed godwits. At first it spent most of it's time asleep but eventually it started to move around a bit, had a wing stretch showing the black on the underwing, and then walked around for a short while before sleeping again. Shortly after this the Godwits took to the wing briefly before landing again. While in flight the Hudsonian godwit stood out a mile being so dark. They settled for a while before flying off again,the reason being a Peregrine falcon. The Peregrine stooped at the flock but didn't catch anything. The Godwits managed to keep above the Peregrine getting higher and higher with the peregrine trying it's hardest to get above them,but couldn't.In the end it drifted off and the Godwits returned about 5 minutes later and landed back on the far side of the pool.

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