Name: Bar-tailed Godwit
Scientific name: Limosa lapponica
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large, tall wader about 40cm long. During the spring and summer, adults are dark brown and grey above, with dark brick-red head, neck and underparts. In the winter they are streaky grey above and white below. Bar-tailed Godwits have a long slighty upturned beak.
How to identify: When they fly, Bar-tailed Godwits have a barred tail, a white wedge on the rump and up onto the back and no wing bars, with their feet only just sticking out past their tail. Shorter necked and shorter legged than Black-tailed Godwit.
Where: Fairly common on migration at wetlands throughout the country. Winters in large numbers on estuaries and around all coasts.
Fantastic fact: During the winter, Bar-tailed Godwits often commute between the Wash on the east coast and the estuaries of north west England, sometimes moving back and forth between the two over night.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc