Long straight beak
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I now think it is a Bar Tailed Godwit, Beak seems to be slightly upturned
Beak seems to be slightly upturned suggesting a Bar Tailed Godwit
On salt water it would be Bar Tailed Godwit, on freshwater it would be Black Tailed Godwit. So if seen in an estuary which is brackish it would be a Bar Tailed Godwit.
Regards, Lindsay Ferguson
Whereas I agree with all of the above observations, I have a feeling these are black-tailed after all. The bill is slighltly upturned, but not much, and very stout. Not the fine bill of a bar-tailed. Black-tailed do keep to marshes in the breeding season, but frequently winter on estuaries. You are much less likely to see them on the shoreline, they prefer extensive mudflats to feed on. Just 2 days ago I saw a huge flock of 1,000 black-tailed godwits feeding on mud-flats in Poole Harbour.
In practice one of them always flaps its wings and lets you see the white wing bars which are diagnostic for black-tailed.
I will go for Black tailed as they are usually found here but you do get the occasional Bar tailed, Beak shape and size suggest it as well
Lat/Lng: 51.0, -4.2
OS grid ref: SS5234