|Limosa haemastica||Order: Charadriiformes||Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)|
Hudsonian Godwits breed in the far north near the tree line in Alaska and northwestern Canada and, as the name suggests, on the shores of Hudson Bay; they winter in South America. In good weather, they can make the south-bound journey non-stop, which explains why most of my sightings of Hudsonian Godwits in Wisconsin and Minnesota have been in spring, including my lifer, which I saw in May 1977, at Goose Pond near Madison, Wisconsin. I also saw them in Kansas in April 2015. I would have missed the Hudsonian Godwit altogether in my 2013 Big Year except that I lucked into one at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Upstate New York on September 28. Despite my horrible photos, that was a very lucky sighting—during migration, most of them are seen on the East Coast from late July through early August. In June 2022, I saw two at the Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska. They were not interested in being photographed, but at least were more cooperative than the ones I saw in NY in 2013.