Marbled Godwits are NEVER seen in Massachusetts at this time of year. Tom captured dozens of photos of this bird, but I probably would never have been able to identify the species on my own. Luckily, we met a member of the IBA (Important Bird Area) Birdathon team on the beach, and he told us what we had found.
Marbled Godwits breed in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. and Canada. In May, they are seen migrating over the central states in large flocks. Massachusetts is nowhere near their springtime migratory route.