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NORWICH: Black-tailed Godwits at Earlham

12th January 2019

On the previous weekend some Black-tailed Godwits had been found on the flooded field at Earlham Marshes, on the western edge of Norwich. Either Godwit would be a very good find in the Norwich area - these had a rather inauspicious start as the first person to see them didn't have his binoculars and thought they were Redshank, and the next person did identify them correctly but didn't realise they were particularly interesting. Fortunately as the sightings were reported on Twitter other local birders popped down and saw them.

I didn't hold out much hope that the godwits would stay the whole week, but going for a look just in case I was pleased to find at least four of them on the marshes. They managed to blend in quite well with the background, as demonstrated by the pictures below. A quick scan revealed at least 35 Teal and 2 Gadwall, plus a scattering of gulls and corvids. Black-tailed Godwit was a new Norwich species for me, so a good start to the birding year.

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