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The Red Knot in breeding plumage

May 1st, 2012 · by Garrison Frost

Well, we told you we’d be talking a lot about shorebirds in April, and that is apparently spilling over into May. But it’s hard to talk about migrating shorebirds without mentioning the Red Knot, renowned as one of the most intrepid migrating birds of them all. Seriously, some of these sandpipers fly from Tierra del Fuego in South America to northern Alaska and the Arctic. That said, not all of these guys are wintering down in South America. In fact, many winter on the coast of California, as well throughout the Lower 48. What’s particularly cool about the bird is that in the winter, it’s fairly unspectacular gray. But in the breeding season, it turns these wonderful colors. The Red Knot is an Audubon Watchlist species for its small population numbers. (photo by USFWS)

Categories: Audubon Watchlist · Birding · Pacific Flyway · Pacific Migration · spring migration

2 Comments so far ↓

  • gfrost

    Thanks for pointing that out. Fixing it now.

  • Virginia

    Typo: What’s particularly cool about the bird is that in the winter, it’s fairly unspectacular gray. But in the winter, it turns these wonderful colors.

    (summer..?)