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    Spotted this morning at the Santo André lagoon in the Alentejo region of Portugal. We were quite sure that they are Black-taile Godwits but on the 31st of May? In Portugal?

    Or is it the Hudsonian Godwit which would of course be fantastic. Or......................

    Please help.

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    Yep, Blackwits.

    Hudsonian has jet-black underwing coverts, unlike the white or near-white on yours.

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    I can't see anything that doesn't look like Black-tailed Godwit- and 4 Hudsonian Godwits would be a bit more than fantastic, Bert!
    Terry

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    Thank you Michael and Terry,

    I did not expect Black-tailed Godwits this time of year. Is this normal? And Terry, always hope for that rare one, or not?

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    Bert

    I am unsure of the status of Icelandic or European Black-tailed Godwit in Portugal but in Britain, the passage of the former largely dried up about a month ago. However, it is not unusual to find quite substantial flocks even at this time of year at coastal lagoons - perhaps non-breeding birds. Limosa of course is very rare in Britain (perhaps 40 breeding pairs) and very much a bird of the nearby Continent but as far as I know does not breed in Portugal. As many passage birds are anything up to 3 weeks late because of this year's miserable first half of May weather, it is likely that many northbound waders are late, particularly when one considers how late Icelandic and Greenland Wheatears were passing through this spring.

    Returning islandica generally begins from the first week of July so with just one month inbetween seems highly unlikely that your Portuguese birds are off to breed this year, providing they are passage birds of that form.

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    Thank you Lee,

    Your information was is helpful. I do not think it breeds in Portugal, hence my surprise seeing 4 of them. But then again, Great Egret and (loads of) Glossy Ibis are present now as well at the Santo André lagoon.

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