I haven't posted here in a while since I was busy with end of the school-year stuff. But my summer break is finally here! I celebrated on Friday by waking up at 5 a.m. to go birding. Non-birders would scratch their heads at this. My target bird was a Hudsonian Godwit that was found with a Marbled Godwit at Lake Cochise on Tuesday. The last confirmed sighting of Hudsonian Godwit in Arizona was 16 years ago, so I was praying it was still there. As I arrived, I saw one other car on the perimeter of the tiny lake. I pulled up to the gentleman and asked if he had seen the godwits. "They're right there," he pointed with a chuckle. Ha, I love drive-up lifers! Sure enough they were feeding together furiously. Marbled Godwits are a rare spring transient in Southeast Arizona. And this is the 6th record of Hudsonian Godwit in Arizona. Luckily I've seen lots of Marbled Godwits in San Diego, so I was able to tell them apart. Lots of Arizona birders who are unfamiliar with both species were having a hard time distinguishing the two.
|Hudsonian Godwit (right) & Marbled Godwit (left)|
|Hudsonian Godwit in the wind|
|Hudsonian Godwit showing distinctive black tail, white uppertail coverts, and white wing stripe|