Translated from Dutch site www.grutto.nl:
Here, they will stay for weeks, eating rice grains, left behind at the paddy fields after the harvest. …
The godwits, of course, need a nutrititious meal, after flying over 2,500 kilometer across the Sahara.
For the rice farmers, it is not a problem that the black-tailed godwits eat this wasted rice.
Jos Hooimeijer says that he has discovered at least 80 birds with coloured bands, including 23 ones of their project in south west Friesland [Northern Netherlands].
It is also special to see two birds, born in 2006.
Until recently, it was assumed that those sub-adult godwits stayed for the summer in Africa.
It looks like more and more black-tailed godwits already migrate back to The Netherlands at one year of age.
Godwits have to compete with songbirds, like big flocks of sparrows, for the grains of rice.
Wet winters (likes the one this year) are good for the godwits, as sparrows do not like to search for food in muddy paddy fields.
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