Monday, April 03, 2017
Red Knots Coming Through!
I photographed this Red Knot yesterday at the J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL as it rested on a sandbar in the middle of some other shorebirds. The bird to its left is a Short-billed Dowitcher, also acquiring breeding plumage. Red Knots are not red in their winter plumage, but this one is on its way to acquiring its summer red plumage. This amazing shorebird is going to migrate soon to its arctic tundra breeding grounds, a spectacular journey. For now it will rest and stock up on fuel so it arrives in good condition. Safe journey!