This is dedicated to “Daddy” who sadly slipped away from us in the evening of November 27th. He will be sorely missed by his loving wife of over fifty years, myself and my sister and of course his two grandsons. He was the most loving father you could wish for and life will never be the same for any of us now, but we treasure all of the time we spent together and especially when we could all be together at the family home for a few days that one last time.

You will now realise that we were not on a birding holiday in the UK after twenty two years, but visiting my parents. It was emphasised to both ourselves and my sister and family that we were to do some things for ourselves during our visit and my parents enjoyed hearing about the birding that we did on day trips from their home and a few a bit further afield. When they purchased the family home in East Halton in 1973 they would have had no idea that the birding in the area would change so much in their life time or that they would be living there in retirement after working all over the world. My Dad worked at Killingholme Haven on the preliminary works for the new power station when we first moved to the area. One of the bridges that he was in charge of still stands, but the power station is now being dismantled! Grant and I lived in the family home in 1988 and 1989 when we were working and travelling in Europe whilst they lived in Kuwait, so we are familiar with the area from those days. It really has not changed a great deal other than the birding! My parents always enjoyed walks together down the lanes and across the fields in the area and there are many Public Rights of Way including the Nev Cole Way. My Mum will continue to enjoy the countryside and she has always been interested in the birds and wildlife that she sees. She is also very good at finding out on the internet what birds are being observed around the area!

Our first day at my parents’ house was mostly about spending time together as a family, but in the afternoon we walked down the lane and across the fields with my Mum while Dad slept. Eurasian Curlew were easily observed feeding in the turned fields and numerous small passerines that we had not seen for many years. It didn’t take too long for us to join Haven Road right near Killingholme Haven Pits and Mum returned to be with Dad when he awoke. We walked into the bird hide and could not believe the size of the flock of Black-tailed Godwits roosting right next to the hide on September 29th. In fact during the time we sat more and more Black-tailed Godwits poured in from the River Humber and there was an estimated flock size close to seven thousand birds.

killingholme-haven-clay-pits

A portion of the large flock of Black-tailed Godwits

There was one Common Redshank that was ridiculously close to the bird hide and keen to be photographed. The bird hide has been there for many years and we rarely saw anybody using it during our visit.

common-redshank

common-redshank-reflection

Common Redshank

The Black-tailed Godwits were also rather obliging and wandered close to the hide feeding and sank their heads right into the mud.

black-tailed-godwit

black-tailed-godwit-2

black-tailed-godwit-3

Black-tailed Godwit close to the bird hide

As time went by many of the Black-tailed Godwits would just tuck their bills under and sit out the time while they could no longer feed in the River Humber estuary.

black-tailed-godwits

Roosting Black-tailed Godwits from the hide

We soon realised that there were several Black-tailed Godwits wearing colour bands. This is always problematic anywhere in the world, because you need to have both of their tibia’s visible! We were able to get some of the complete combinations and have obtained the relevant banding history from the banding authorities. The first date is the banding date and location for each individual Black-tailed Godwit.

colour-ringed-black-tailed-godwit-2

Black-tailed Godwit white/lime-yellow/white

 

WL-YW

11.08.98Terrington, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
10.02.99Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
05.04.00Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
17.04.00Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
18.04.01Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, E England
04.05.02Álftafjörður, E Iceland
23.09.02Snettisham, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
16.07.03Breydon Water, Norfolk, E England
07.08.04Snettisham, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
03.09.04Snettisham, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
05.09.04Snettisham, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
20.08.05Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
31.09.05Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
19.02.06Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
25.02.06Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
05.03.06Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
10.08.06Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
12.08.06Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
03.09.06Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
11.10.06Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
09.08.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
12.08.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
04.09.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
06.09.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
08.09.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
27.09.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
05.10.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
23.10.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
05.11.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
08.11.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
04.12.07Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
26.02.09Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, E England
27.02.09Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, E England
02.03.09Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, E England
03.07.09Musselburgh, Firth of Forth, Lothian, E Scotland
18.10.09Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
19.10.09Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
06.11.09Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
06.03.10Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire, E England
05.10.10Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
06.10.10Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
26.10.10Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
20.02.11Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
18.03.11Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
03.07.11Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
11.04.12Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
05.08.12Snettisham, the Wash estuary, Norfolk, E England
09.09.12Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
28.09.12Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
16.01.13Elmley, Swale estuary. Kent, SE England
01.04.13Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
22.10.14Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
25.12.14Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
30.01.15Elmley, Swale estuary. Kent, SE England
12.02.15Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
12.04.15Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
28.11.15Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
30.12.15Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England
04.04.16Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England
29.09.16Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

colour-ringed-black-tailed-godwit

Black-tailed Godwit white/orange/yellow-yellow/red/yellow

WOY YRY09-Feb-13Seaton Marshes LNR, Axe Estuary, E Devon, SW England
WOY YRY21-Feb-13Seaton Marshes LNR, Axe Estuary, E Devon, SW England
WOY YRY23-Apr-13Seaton Marshes LNR, Axe Estuary, E Devon, SW England
WOY YRY02-May-13Seaton Marshes LNR, Axe Estuary, E Devon, SW England
WOY YRY12-May-13Kingsmill Lake, Saltash, Tamar, Cornwall, SW England
WOY YRY20-Mar-14Skrins, Friesland, The Netherlands
WOY YRY25-Mar-14Skrins, Friesland, The Netherlands
WOY YRY19-Dec-14Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, SW England
WOY YRY14-Mar-15Harlingen, west of Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands
WOY YRY16-Mar-15Harlingen, west of Leeuwarden, Friesland, The Netherlands
WOY YRY07-Oct-15North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, North lincs., E England
WOY YRY14-Nov-15Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, SW England
WOY YRY17-Nov-15Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham, Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, SW England
WOY YRY22-Nov-15Exminster Marshes, Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, SW England
WOY YRY21-Dec-15Trévaly, TURBALLE (LA), Loire-Atlantique, France
WOY YRY29-Sep-16North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

colour-ringed-black-tailed-godwit-4

Black-tailed Godwit green/orange/yellow-green/yellow/green

GOY GYG10-Aug-07Iken, River Alde, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG05-Oct-07North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG14-Oct-07North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG05-Nov-07North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG08-Nov-07North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG17-Feb-08Orfordness, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG13-Sep-08North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG06-Oct-08North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG24-Apr-09Butt of Lewis, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, W Scotland
GOY GYG25-Apr-09Butt of Lewis, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, W Scotland
GOY GYG19-Sep-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG06-Oct-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG09-Oct-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG18-Oct-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG19-Oct-09Pyewipe, Grimsby, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG26-Oct-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG06-Nov-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG21-Nov-09Pyewipe, Grimsby, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG12-Dec-09North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG31-Dec-09Pyewipe, Grimsby, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG08-Feb-10Trimley Marshes, Felixstowe, Suffolk, SE England
GOY GYG23-Feb-10Shortley Marshes, Suffolk
GOY GYG30-Aug-10North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG09-Sep-10North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG05-Oct-10North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG12-Oct-10North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG06-Dec-10Pyewipe, Grimsby, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG24-Jul-11Hazlewood Marshes NR, Alde Estuary, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG26-Jul-11Hazlewood Marshes NR, Alde Estuary, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG31-Aug-11North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG10-Sep-11North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG05-Oct-11North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG28-Jan-12North Warren RSPB reserve, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG29-Jan-12North Warren RSPB reserve, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG24-Feb-12North Warren RSPB reserve, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG21-Mar-12Alde Estuary, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG29-Aug-12North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG21-Sep-12North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG28-Sep-12North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG27-Jul-13The Wash, Norfolk, E England
GOY GYG31-Jul-14North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG24-Oct-14Pyewipe, Grimsby, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG25-Apr-15Loch Mhic Coan, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, W Scotland
GOY GYG07-Oct-15North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England
GOY GYG09-Aug-16Hazelwood Marshes NR, Alde Estuary, Suffolk, E England
GOY GYG29-Sep-16North Killingholme Haven, Immingham, Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

 

colour-ringed-black-tailed-godwit-3

Black-tailed Godwit yellow/orange-lime/green

The above Black-tailed Godwit is from a French colour banding scheme and the information of when it was banded and has since been observed is as follows:-

YO/LG 26/10/2001 Le Duer SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’30N 2°44’14W

YO/LG 29/10/2001 Le Duer SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’30N 2°44’14W

YO/LG 30/10/2001 Le Duer SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’30N 2°44’14W

YO/LG 02/11/2001 Kergeorget SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’27”N 02°45’21”W

YO/LG 18/11/2001 Le Ruault SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’53”N 02°46’50”W

YO/LG 24/11/2001 Le Duer SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’30N 2°44’14W

YO/LG 24/11/2001 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 16/12/2001 Grand Traict LE-CROISIC 44 France 47°17’52″N 02°29’46″W

YO/LG 28/07/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 07/08/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 11/08/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 20/08/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 26/08/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 15/09/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 21/09/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 21/09/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 11/10/2002 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 15/10/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 20/10/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 25/10/2002 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 15/11/2002 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 21/11/2002 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 02/12/2002 Kergeorget SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’27”N 02°45’21”W

YO/LG 04/12/2002 Kergeorget SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’27”N 02°45’21”W

YO/LG 30/07/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 31/07/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 02/08/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 02/08/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 05/08/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 23/08/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 23/08/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 04/09/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 24/09/2003 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 26/10/2003 Le Ruault SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’53”N 02°46’50”W

YO/LG 27/10/2003 Fournevay SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’35”N 02°48’04”W

YO/LG 31/10/2003 Fournevay SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’35”N 02°48’04”W

YO/LG 27/11/2003 Petit Traict GUERANDE 44 France 47°18’38″N 02°29’07″W

YO/LG 07/01/2004 Grand Traict LE-CROISIC 44 France 47°17’52″N 02°29’46″W

YO/LG 16/07/2004 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 02/08/2004 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 04/08/2004 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 25/08/2004 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 14/12/2004 Fournevay SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’35”N 02°48’04”W

YO/LG 03/01/2005 Le Duer SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’30N 2°44’14W

YO/LG 31/03/2005 Pijnacker ROTTERDAM Zuid-Holland The Netherlands 52°00’N 04°27’E

YO/LG 09/04/2005 Cley Nature Reserve CLEY Norfolk England 52°57’N 01°4’E

YO/LG 06/12/2005 Gros Banc LE-CROISIC 44 France 47°17’55″N 02°30’08″W

YO/LG 23/01/2006 Pen Bron TURBALLE (LA) 44 France 47°18’36″N 02°30’00″W

YO/LG 28/07/2006 Netherfield Lagoons NOTTINGHAM Nottinghamshire England 52°58’N 01°03’W

YO/LG 01/08/2006 Humber Estuary GOOLE East Yorkshire England 53°41’N 00°42’w

YO/LG 01/08/2006 Humber Estuary GOOLE East Yorkshire England 53°41’N 00°42’w

YO/LG 07/11/2006 Gros Banc LE-CROISIC 44 France 47°17’55″N 02°30’08″W

YO/LG 06/01/2007 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 06/01/2007 Kergeorget SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’27”N 02°45’21”W

YO/LG 10/08/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 04/09/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 06/09/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 08/09/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 17/09/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 24/09/2007 Humber estuary NORTH-KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 27/10/2007 Kergeorget SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’27”N 02°45’21”W

YO/LG 10/11/2007 Banc de Strado MUZILLAC 56 France 47°30’14″N 02°27’23″W

YO/LG 10/09/2008 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 06/10/2008 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 05/11/2008 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 16/11/2008 Bénance SARZEAU 56 France 47°32’33”N 02°46’18”W

YO/LG 27/01/2009 Gros Banc LE-CROISIC 44 France 47°17’55″N 02°30’08″W

YO/LG 23/04/2009 Butt of Lewis lighthouse ISLE-OF-LEWIS Outer Hebrides Scotland 58°17’09″N 06°15’47″W

YO/LG 24/04/2009 Butt of Lewis lighthouse ISLE-OF-LEWIS Outer Hebrides Scotland 58°17’09″N 06°15’47″W

YO/LG 09/10/2009 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 19/10/2009 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 29/08/2010 Humber estuary GRIMSBY Lincolnshire England 53°34’59.59″N 0° 5’36.89″W

YO/LG 29/03/2011 Motney Hill GILLINGHAM Kent England 51 23′ N 0°37’E

YO/LG 16/08/2011 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 31/08/2011 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 09/09/2012 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 29/09/2012 Humber estuary NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53°37’38″N 00°11’17″E

YO/LG 21/02/2013 Vasière de Trévaly TURBALLE (LA) 44 France 47°20’9.18″N 2°29’14.10″W

YO/LG 09/03/2013 De ratte EKE Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium 50°57’29” N 3°39’48” E

YO/LG 14/03/2014 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’03″N 1°47’11″W

YO/LG 17/03/2014 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’03″N 1°47’11″W

YO/LG 19/03/2014 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’03″N 1°47’11″W

YO/LG 19/03/2015 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’17″N 1°47’14″W

YO/LG 23/03/2015 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’03″N 1°47’11″W

YO/LG 26/03/2015 Réserve ONCFS de Chanteloup ILE-D’OLONNE(L’) 85 France 46°33’03″N 1°47’11″W

YO/LG 30/07/2015 Pall Holme Stray HULL Yorkshire England 53°42’29.68″N 0°13’7.37″W

YO/LG 29/09/2016 North Killingholme Haven Pits NORTH KILLIGHOLME Lincolnshire England 53.661416 -0.236227

We also observed a Black-tailed Godwit wearing lime/red on its left tibia and red/orange engraved with the letter “Z” and that was banded in Iceland as the history shows below.

adult, male

LR-RZ            24.06.13         Austurey, Árnessýsla, S Iceland

LR-RZ            8.09.13           Frampton Marsh, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

LR-RZ            24.02.14         Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire, E England

LR-RZ            14.07.14          Frampton Marsh, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

LR-RZ            14.07.14          Frampton Marsh, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

LR-RZ            12.10.14          Saint Armel , Morbihan, Brittany, NW France

LR-RZ            20.11.14          Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England

LR-RZ            21.11.14           Welney, Ouse Washes, Norfolk, E England

LR-RZ            24.07.15         Breydon Water, Norfolk, E England

LR-RZ            17.08.15          Frampton Marsh, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

LR-RZ            17.08.15          Frampton Marsh, the Wash estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

LR-RZ            31.10.15          Breydon Water, Norfolk, E England

LR-RZ            29.09.16         Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

Another Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit was wearing green/orange on its left tibia and red/red on its right tibia and the history is below.

GO-RR           21.07.01          Road 926 to Husey near Nefbjarnarstadir

GO-RR           12.09.01          South Uist, Outer Hebrides, W Scotland

GO-RR           08.11.02          Dee Estuary, Cheshire, NW England

GO-RR           19.01.03          Wexford Slobs, Co. Wexford, S Ireland

GO-RR           07.08.03          Marshside, Ribble estuary, Lancashire, NW England

GO-RR           14.10.03          Dee Estuary, Cheshire, NW England

GO-RR           14.12.03          Dee Estuary, Clywd, N Wales

GO-RR           24.07.06          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           03.08.06          North Killingholme, Humber, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           12.08.07          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           27.09.07          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           09.10.07          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           01.05.08          Álftafjörður, E Iceland

GO-RR           02.05.08          Álftafjörður, E Iceland

GO-RR           02.05.08          Álftafjörður, E Iceland

GO-RR           21.10.08          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           05.10.10          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           12.10.12          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           31.07.13          Killingholme, Haven Pits, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           21.11.13          Thurstaston Shore, Dee estuary, Cheshire, NW England

GO-RR           29.04.14          Álftafjörður, S-Múlasýsla, E Iceland

GO-RR           30.04.14          Álftafjörður, S-Múlasýsla, E Iceland

GO-RR           30.04.14          Álftafjörður, S-Múlasýsla, E Iceland

GO-RR           22.10.14          Pyewipe, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           7.10.15            Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

GO-RR           21.08.16          Snettisham Pits, The Wash Estuary, Norfolk, E England

GO-RR           23.08.16          Snettisham, The Wash Estuary, Norfolk, E England

GO-RR           29.09.16          Killingholme, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E England

One other Black-tailed Godwit was wearing on its left tibia a red colour band and black flag and then on its right tibia an orange colour band and a red colour band. Although it had a short history it was the only time that it had been observed since banding and had crossed the River Humber!

31.10.2015 Welwick Saltmarsh, north bank, Humber Estuary, East England

29.09.2016 North Killingholme Haven Pits, north Lincolnshire, East England

The Killingholme Haven Pits also offer a roost for Eurasian Curlew, Common Snipe, Little Egret and Greylag Geese, Grey Heron and many more birds. When the shorebirds are not roosting at Killingholme Haven Pits you can walk out onto the sea wall and wander along the river bank . It is an excellent surface to walk on, because it does not get muddy! There are blackberries to enjoy in September and October and numerous other birds can be observed as you wander along. We observed Ruddy Turnstones, which our youngest nephew affectionately called “Turnovers”, Dunlin, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Northern Lapwings, Common Shelducks, Long-tailed Tits, Eurasian Wrens, European Goldfinch, Greater Black-backed Gulls and Eurasian Teal to name just a few. It can be bitterly cold when the wind is blowing as we discovered over the various visits during our stay! The header photo shows the view from the sea wall looking out towards the North Sea from the south bank of the River Humber.

killingholme-haven-sea-wall

Sea wall and south side of the River Humber at Killingholme Haven

killingholme-haven

Feeding at low tide on the south side of the River Humber

This is an excellent place to go birding and you can read in this article about how it has changed so much over the years. Graham Catley only saw 11 Black-tailed Godwits at this location in 1969 and by 1989 there were more than 50. Nowadays there are more than 7000 during migration, which is quite possibly about 10% of the Icelandic population. Nowadays about 2500 Black-tailed Godwits overwinter in the area. As you can see from the history of the few Black-tailed Godwits that were identifiable they do wander around Europe, but also return to the same locations. It is not dissimilar to what we observe in Australia.

This has been the hardest week of my life, but my Dad would be proud that I have been able to put into words what a magnificent place this is and I obviously inherited his ability to write! This is my 327th post for 10000birds! Although I am grieving I would like you all to just turn to your loved ones and tell them you love them like I did over those last few weeks and give them a big hug.

Share:
Written by Clare M
Clare and her husband, Grant, have lived permanently in Broome, Western Australia since 1999 after living in various outback locations around Western Australia and Darwin. She has lived in the Middle East and the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. She monitors Pied Oystercatchers breeding along a 23km stretch of Broome's coastline by bicycle and on foot. She chooses not to participate in social media, but rather wander off into the bush for peace and tranquility. Thankfully she can write posts in advance and get away from technology!