in South Dakota during the spring migration, the Hudsonian Godwit migrates off
the Atlantic Coast during the fall migration. They have the typical
"Godwit bill", slightly upcurved and two-toned. Godwits may utilize deeper
water when feeding than do most other shorebirds. Note a male is
pictured on the right, while more photos of both males and females can be found
near the bottom of the page.
marshes, mudflats, flooded fields during migration. Nests on mixed
tundra/wetlands in northern Canada and Alaska.
Diet: Primarily insects
inland during its migration through the state. Hudsonian Godwits will also
feed on crustaceans, mollusks, and marine worms.
Behavior: Forages in shallow water, using its long
bill to probe in the mud beneath for food items.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota. In
breeding range, the nest of a Hudsonian Godwit is a shallow depression on the
ground, with a sparse lining of vegetative material. The female usually
lays 4 eggs, and both parents help to incubate them. When the eggs hatch,
the young soon leave the nest and find their own food, but both parents help to
protect them. The young fledge after about one month.
Song: High-pitched kae-wit.
Migration: Summers in northern Canada and Alaska, migrating through the center of North
America in the spring. Migration south in the fall is primarily off the Atlantic
coast as it makes its way to South America for the winter.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Hudsonian Godwit"
Photo Information: May
14th, 2004 -- Wetland in Kingsbury County -- Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Hudsonian Godwit photos.