7 April 2022
We sometimes get some very unusual birds visiting the Park. Often they are just passing through on their way to somewhere else and see the valley with its flood meadows as a suitable stopping off place. Usually they only stop for a few hours or days at the most.
David Rogers, a local birdwatcher, spotted this Black-tailed Godwit and, although there was a very strong wind, I managed to get some photographs of it later in the day.
The Black-tailed Godwit is a wader with very long legs and bill. They use their very long bill to probe the mud for insects, worms and snails.
They are mainly a winter visitor, although a few stay in the UK all year to breed, but not near here.