Speaking about Red Knots....this is something forwarded to me that might be of interest to folks.
Director of Conservation
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, VT 05462
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Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 12:46 PM
To: LaBARR, Mark
Subject: Fwd: [RI Birds] Color-banded Shorebirds
Hi Mark: Thought you might find this red knot info interesting. I am still in
Florida and will be back at the end of the month.
Recent data from Delaware Bay and Tierra del Fuego suggest that in 2003
Red Knots, and possibly Ruddy Turnstones, altered their typical migration
pattern. Because of the nearly-complete failure of horseshoe crab spawning
in May 2003, a large proportion of Red Knots did not stop on the Delaware
Bay or stayed for a shorter period. If this trend continues in 2004, we
would expect to see knots at other stopover sites, particularly in
mid-Atlantic, New England states. However, because we have not observed
this phenomenon in the recent past, we are requesting assistance from
observers along the entire east coast of the US and James Bay, Canada.
Please help us track the spring migration by reporting any and all Red Knot
sightings, particularly during May and early June. Estimates of flock size
are appreciated as well as color-band combinations from marked red knots.
As usual, please also provide a detailed description of the sighting
location. Please note that in 2003 we began using a lime green flag with
engraved alpha-numeric characters (2 characters for 2003, 3 characters for
Please report any sightings of individuals and flocks of Red Knots to:
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Mandy Dey [log in to unmask]
We sincerely appreciate your assistance.
Mike Shanahan Amanda Dey
Assistant Biologist Senior Biologist
Endangered and Nongame Species Program
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area
2201 County Route 631
Woodbine, NJ 08270
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