- Apr 7, 2006
This bird was in a flock of about 40 birds that stopped over at Ft. Desoto FL. Five were tagged and one was wearing a radio locator. (If you see tagged Red Knots please report them to bandedbirds.org). Red Knots have one of the longest migration of any bird - 9,000 miles every year from Tierra del Fuego to the arctic!!! One bird is known to be 13 years old - think about how many miles that bird has flown!!!! The American sub-species has been in trouble since the 1990s because of harvesting of horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay, a critical food resource during migration. The flock I saw was so intent on feeding that after a few minutes I was completely ignored and surrounded by them.
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