Once considered one of the rarest of birds, the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica) is indeed rarely seen. But much of that was actually due to the godwit's long-range migration tactic, as they will often fly from breeding grounds in boreal Canada all the way down to South America in one fell swoop. It is thought that their interesting name stems from their calls, which sound quite a lot like "godwit!" Their name also helps birders separate these wildly long-billed sandpipers from other sandpipers with wildly long bills. How? Because, unlike the others, the godwit's bill turns up toward God at the end.
This was a lifer for me, photographed just after dawn this morning!
Found throughout North America, the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is common and widespread. Just as diverse as its range, so too is it's diet. Here, this individual was perched in a Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) tree, happily plucking the lavender spheres and swallowing them whole!
🌲🍇 However, there is something not so common about this photo...anyone know what it is ?