Black-tailed Godwit at game feeder

This bird was discovered by a local Gamekeeper and identified and photographed by a retired farmer in the Upper Leam Valley in the extreme cold spell just before Christmas 2010. It is an immature bird and spent several days on the farm using three different feeders where it apparently ‘sucked up’ grain off the floor.   BWP states that the diet includes ‘plant material in winter and on migration’ but a record of a wader using a game feeder like this must surely be a first?

Black-tailed Godwit

Photo by Jim Russell

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