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Hudsonian Godwit

According to the National Audubon Society, the Hudsonian Godwit lives “at the extremes of North and South America, and hustling between them to breed, the Hudsonian Godwit reveals its life history only to persistent and lucky observers.” Tina Green and I fell into that lucky class of observers on October 17, 2009. Standing near the new Nature Center, we spotted an unusual long-billed shorebird flying overhead toward the model airplane field. More than a little intrigued, we rushed off in that direction and soon found it feeding at the far edge of the field. Tina scoped the bird and immediately identified it as a Hudsonian Godwit. I rushed home and got my camera to record the visit of this very rare bird. It stayed in the field for about three hours, then disappeared.