[Tweeters] Possible Marbled Godwit in Kirkland?

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Tue Mar 27 20:52:14 PDT 2012

Thanks to everyone who identified my mystery woodland bird as a
Wilson's Snipe. If I have time I'll be back there to get some better
views and photos.

Marc Hoffman
Kirkland, WA

At 08:08 PM 3/27/2012, you wrote:



>This afternoon near my home in Kirkland, I parked beside a marshy

>woodland to watch a Flicker and some Chickadees excavating tree

>cavities for nests. As I stood with my back to a roadside ditch, I

>heard a shuffling noise behind me and turned just in time to get a

>photo of a rail-like bird disappearing into the vines and brambles

>alongside a small grassy, muddy stream. The bird turned to look at

>me just long enough for me to get a photo. From deeper in the woods,

>it let out a few closely-spaced, raspy calls much like a rail.


>Here is the photo I managed to get:



>Our bird books do not seem to show any similar woodland birds. One

>bird that does look quite similar is the Marbled Godwit.


>Can anyone look at the photo and confirm the ID? Anybody know if

>Marbled Godwits (or whatever this was) are ever spotted around here?

>Is this likely a rare sighting of a migrating individual?


>Thanks and good birding,


>Marc Hoffman

>Kirkland, WA


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