I kayaked over to the Crab Creek site to do a count on Friday of last week. The numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri) had more than doubled since the last count (a month ago) and there were increasing numbers of other birds as well. It was good to see numbers of juvenile Godwits scattered right through the flock. Juveniles leave Alaska approx. 2-3 weeks after the adults leave. When they arrive here they are still in plumage which makes it fairly easy to see them. They will only keep this plumage for a little while and within a couple of months will have the usual adult non-breeding plumage. In the first photo the bird on the left front is a juvenile.
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