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Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

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The Hudsonian Godwit is a long distance Boreal Migrant. It breeds in a series of isolated localities from James Bay west across the high arctic to western Alaska and Cook Inlet, Alaska and has one of the longest migratory routes of any bird. It stages in late August in Hudson and James bays from which itmakes a non-stop flight to northern South America stopping over in the eastern Amazon or along the northeast coast and then continuing directly to north-coastal Argentina, with large wintering congregations south to Tierra del Fuego (which likely are wintering birds from the Hudson Bay breeding population). Additionally there is a second large wintering population on Chiloe Island, Chile which is the likely winter ground for the Alaskan breeding population. Their northbound migration was recently confirmed to be the second longest sustained flight, with a single bird leaving Tierra del Fuego in April (April 29) and proceeding north, parallel to Pacific coast of South and Central America, crossing the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and eventually reaching central Texas 6 days later, after more than 6,000 miles of non-stop flight.

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Recommended Citation

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/hudgod