Documentation of Marbled Godwit

Observer Information

Reporter:  Nicholas Komar  1507 Wildwood Court,   FORT COLLINS, CO  80521-4028
Other Observers:  Georgia Doyle, Cole Wild; Found by Georgia Doyle, identified by Cole Wild

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Marbled Godwit
First Date/Time:  6/19/2005
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  5 minutes
County:  Larimer
Specific Location:  Intersection of County Road 9 and County Road 32, southeast corner
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Stagnant shallow water in a low spot in cropland where grass hay is grown

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Kowa TSN-4 Zoom 20-60x telescope
Distance:  150 feet estimated
Light:  Excellent

Description of the Bird

Large long-legged shorebird with mottled buffy brown plumage and a long recurved bicolored bill (pink on basal half, blackish on terminal half).
Behaviors: Feeding by poking long bill into mud while wading in shallow water
Call: None
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

The bill identifies the bird as a godwit; no other godwit would be buffy brown in June.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds, after the sighting

Previous Experience

Frequent observations of Marbled Godwit in Colorado during last 8 years



Additional Information

Comments: Possibly the first documented record for Larimer County from the second half of June
Time: 10:20 am
Elevation: 4950
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Fort Collins
Independent Observers: Found by Georgia Doyle, identified by Cole Wild

Materials Available

Photographer: Nick Komar

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/20/2005 1:11:00 AM
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