Bird Islands, Nassau Sound, Duval Co.: A Thursday morning survey found a, newly arrived, flock of 66 knots foraging on the inlet shoals. Amongst this late group were six birds banded in southern Argentina: one Nov. 04, one Nov. 05, two Nov. 06 and one Nov 07 at Rio Grande, TDF. (The 04 bird is a repeat, spring / fall, visitor to Nassau Sound) A sixth bird was banded in March of 06 at San Antonio Oeste in Rio Negro province and last seen there 23, April of this year. This last bird gives some insight into the time interval between two, continental, stop-over sites along the migratory path. San Antonio Oeste is one of the first spring stop-over sites for knots moving north along the SA Atlantic coast from the TDF wintering grounds.
Banding data is courtesy of Patricia Gonza'lez the principal Red knot researcher in Argentina, and an annual visitor to DelBay (along with many other international researchers). Like her associates, she is a deeply committed individual and an internationally recognized shorebird conservationist.
(This report delayed one day to receive and post the pertinent banding data)
Doris and Pat Leary, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County
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