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Checklist S44362779

 
Location
Pedricktown Marsh (Gloucester Co.), Gloucester County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 45 minute(s)
Distance:
0.25 mile(s)
Observers:
Jon Stippick
Species
13 species total
12
Canada Goose
2
Northern Shoveler
4
Mallard
10
American Black Duck
45
Green-winged Teal
1
Black-tailed Godwit

***MEGA*** Godwit with orange/rufous head an d neck. Barred flanks. Bill appeared straight. Black tail with white coverts. White strip on dark upperwing, underwing was clean white.
I first came upon the bird when I was scanning Yellowlegs. I immediately knew it was a Godwit and initially IDéd as Hudsonian. I only had about 10 second view before it flew. I refound it about 5 minutes later much closer. The orangish head and neck had me second guess HUGO. I looked through Sibley App and compared all Godwits, BTGD looked like a good fit. I kept my eye on the bird until it flew. In flight, the mostly white underwings immediately distinguished it from HUGO. Solid black tail with white coverts eliminated BTGO. It landed a little closer, about 75-90 yards away, when it landed it streched it's wings straight up before tucking them in, giving me another great look. It made several short flights and I was able to confirm underwing and tail plumage about five times. I was joined by Sandra and Bonnie before the bird flew to the other side of the road. The lighting wasn't as good on the other side but we still had decent views. We were joined by Barb and Kyle before the bird flew far to the East and appeared to land closer to I295. I digiscoped a few pictures but cold wind and distance made for difficult conditions. Bird was in view for over an hour total.

© Jon Stippick

© Jon Stippick

20
Greater Yellowlegs
3
Lesser Yellowlegs
2
Bald Eagle
15
Tree Swallow
1
Song Sparrow
5
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes