Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
College Lake - 4th-5th May 2007
Photos copyright Mike Wallen
Photos copyright Dave Bilcock
This very smart summer plumaged male Bar-tailed Godwit was present on 4th and 5th May along with a female. Six were seen at the site on 28th April and one on 2nd May making it difficult to know just how many individuals have passed through.
The top photo is an excellent comparison between the plumage and structure of the male and female. The male is somewhat smaller with an obviously shorter bill, but has the reddish brown underparts that the female lacks.
Olney - 28th April 2006
Above Photos copyright Mike Wallen
Above Photos copyright Matt Slaymaker
This species is a fairly scarce visitor to the county and stays are normally brief. However, this individual took up residence by a river near Olney for three days allowing quite a few county listers to see it.
Late April to early May is the peak time to see this species in Buckinghamshire, as is shown on the species chart.