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September 06, 2011


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Thanks for red knot Intel - about to start an art project that features them - I might call it 65,000 miles and counting ;) wonder have you ever read the book - What The Robin Knows?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Clare, it's exciting to converse with a reader that lives in the Arctic, near the breeding grounds of many of the migratory birds that pass through our area.
The blog post is very interesting and a great sighting. I didn't notice my Red Knot's flag until I looked at the photos.
Red Knots are in such trouble. Let's hope they recover so we both can enjoy seeing them.
Take care of those redpolls too, okay?


Nancy, I'm at Arctic Bay, at the north end of Baffin Island, 73 deg north. Red Knot do nest in the vicinity and that sighting would indicate closer than I thought before. When we determined that they were both sporting tracking radios we tried to get a receiver but to no avail. I wrote about the sighting on 10,000 Birds and also here on my blog. http://kiggavik.typepad.com/the_house_other_arctic_mu/2010/06/trailing.html

The Zen Birdfeeder

Clare, thanks for sharing your experience with tracking Red Knots. So interesting. Where in the "high Arctic" are you? Near the Red Knot breeding grounds?

Clare KInes

Awesome post and great sighting. A couple of springs ago I happened to snap a couple of quick photos at some passing shorebirds high over head. They were Red Knots. When I blew up the image I found that both were sporting antennae from radio tags. Quite fortuitous sighting up here in the High Arctic.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dawn, thanks. These Red Knots remain the highlight of my year!

Dawn  Fine

Super~informative post!

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