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#ABArare – Black-tailed Godwit – New Jersey

Early April is a great time for vagrant shorebirds in the ABA Area, and the season kicked off in New Jersey this past weekend with the discovery by John Stippick of an ABA Code 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Pedricktown Marsh, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, Sunday April 8.

Pedricktown Marsh is a large area east of the town of Pedricktown, New Jersey. The bird was originally reported off Pedricktown Avenue, between North Railroad Ave and NJ 602, but has been re-reported in the vicinity. Birderes should know that security at the Amazon distribution center in the area has chased birders out of their parking lot, so avoid that if you can.

Black-tailed Godwit breeds from Iceland to central Russia, and the species consists of three subspecies, all of which have occurred in North America at some point. Birds in the east are most likely from the islandica ssp, which breeds mostly in Iceland, but separation from the western European breeding limosa can be difficult. This bird shows traits that seem in line with the expected islandica birds.

Black-tailed Godwit has occurred a number of times in spring in eastern Canada and the east coast of the United States as far south as North Carolina.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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