MARBLED GODWIT


Limosa fedoa


Description:

This medium sized shorebird is often seen feeding with shorebirds of other species. They feed on aquatic invertebrates, and in lesser amounts on insects, green plant matter and seeds. In Spring, these birds fly over the Great Plains in large, noisy flocks. The males perform an aerial display that includes flying in a figure eight pattern.


Appearance:

Dark brown upperparts with a light and dark mottled wing pattern. Cinnamon wing linings. Pale buff head, neck, and breast. Cinnamon-buff belly. May have dark brown barring on breast and flanks. Dark eyestripe. Long, upward curved bill. The bill has a pinkish base and a black tip. Long, dark legs. Sexes similiar. 16 to 18 inches in length.


Habitat:

Coastal beaches, mudflats, salt marshes, and tidal creeks.


Nesting:

4 olive-buff eggs with brown blotches and a 21-23 day incubation period. Fledging occurs 21 days after hatching. The nest is a grass lined depression in the ground.


Observed Locations:

  • Mission Bay, San Diego
  • South Bay (7th St), Imperial Beach
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla
  • J Street Marina, Chula Vista





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