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  • Robert J. Keiffer
    31 August 2009 - Monday - 0830 - 0915 AM PDT - The two Hudsonian Godwits found by Matthew Matthiessen yesterday were still present at the far north end of
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      31 August 2009 - Monday - 0830 - 0915 AM PDT - The two Hudsonian Godwits
      found by Matthew Matthiessen yesterday were still present at the far north
      end of Virgin Creek Beach, MacKerricher State Park, just north of Fort
      Bragg. I heard that another probable bird was on Ten Mile Beach just north
      of Ward Avenue at 1000 AM this morning. I personally believe that these are
      NOT the same individuals as found last week at Glass Beach. HUGOs are
      showing up along the coast of California recently, and seem to be part of an
      unprecedented migration wave coming down the Pacific Coast.



      This species is considered a "Review Species" by the California Bird Records
      Committee, and up until the printing of the Rare Birds of California,
      published in 2007 by the Western Field Ornithologists, only 21 records of
      Hudsonian Godwit had been accepted by the CBRC. So, the message is .please
      don't take these Mendocino County sightings lightly . despite the fact that
      we probably have had at least 6, may 7, individuals within the last week
      seen by many observers. Please document your sightings as best possible
      with notes, photographs, sketches, etc. . the more the better. Submit your
      documentation directly to WBO-CRBC or through me. rjkeiffer@...



      When considering the identification of Hudsonian Godwits make sure that you
      look for key characteristics, such as the black and white tail, black
      underwing linings, black and white primaries and secondaries seen in flight,
      distinct supercilium especially at the fore-eye, small (for godwits) size,
      and "drabber, grayish colors as compared to Marbled Godwits.



      Also present on the beach were 1 Marbled Godwit, 2 Whimbrels, 1 Willet,
      about 20 Black-bellied Plovers, 6 Semipalmated Plovers, 6 Black Turnstones,
      and numerous Western & Least Sandpipers. 6 Northern Shovelers, 24
      Northern Pintail, and 3 Green-winged Teal were in the estuary on the
      beach-side of the bridge.



      Good Birding. Bob Keiffer



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