Godwits migrate from Alaska and Canada to winter along the California coastline and as far south as Mexico and South America. Their largest breeding ground is the Great Plains of the United States.
Pictured here are non-breeding, immature adults. Mature birds have darker, cinnamon streaking on their underparts.
In 2022, Birdwatching Daily chronicled the amazing feat that landed a godwit into the Guinness Book of World Records.
A four-month-old Bar-tailed Godwit known as B6 set a new world record by completing a nonstop 11-day migration of 8,425 miles (13,558 km) from Alaska to Tasmania, Australia. This trip represents the longest documented nonstop flight by any animal!
Images taken on the shoreline of San Diego’s Mission Bay.
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