Friday, December 28, 2012

Hudsonian Godwit

In the early 1900s, Hudsonian Godwits were thought to be among the rarest of North American birds. In the last half of the century, however, new breeding areas in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic, staging areas in Saskatchewan, and wintering grounds in southern South America were discovered. Walker et al. (2011) warn that the species is still at risk, with total numbers only of 50,000 to 70,000 birds.

Hudsonian Godwits make nonstop migratory flights of several thousand miles. Possibly birds make landfall at traditional sites. One of these may be the Aberdeen, South Dakota region, where I regularly listed Hudsonian Godwits in the spring and where this photo was taken.

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