Monday, September 21, 2009

Return of the Sandpiper


Thanks to the Delaware Bay's horseshoe crabs, the tide may
be turning for an imperiled shorebird.

"The red knots descend from the sky. Plain, stocky sandpipers, they can fly a distance equivalent to a trip to the moon and back over the course of their lifetimes. They exude a twitchy, almost manic energy. Many have come from Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America. After a brief rest in Brazil, they travel almost 5,000 miles straight to Delaware Bay on the way to their Arctic nesting grounds. Upon arrival in the bay, they are basically starving, their breastbones protruding from their downy red chests."

Link: Full article from Smithsonian.com

Red Knot image © 2009 Tom Prestby

2 comments:

  1. You mean they FINALLY put some restrictions on the EEL fisherman who use this creature as BAIT to catch eels????

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  2. it was so great to see red knots in the springtime in delaware and cape may.

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