Sunday, September 6, 2009

Red Knot- not red

By briefly interrupting the family vacation at Lakeside, a short trip to Maumee Bay State Park beach produced some spectacular looks at a not red Red Knot. This juvenile has been hanging out with the holiday weekend sun-worshipers and it was too good, and too close, to miss!

The Red Knot probes shallow water in search of a meal. (click on photo to enlarge) Thanks to Kenn Kaufman and Janet Creamer for assisting in the finer points of identification of a fall bird. Kenn mentioned last week's two juvenile Red Knots at Pickeral Creek wore more of a silvery sheen than this one, but the distinctively barred flanks and a gray rump when in flight are key markers.

This juvenile Sanderling is a good size comparison for the somewhat larger knot. Both birds were foraging not far from small flock of Ring-billed Gulls, who were nearly twice as large in size: about 9-10" for the knot and 17" for the gulls. We had a great opportunity to study them at our leisure.

Another beautiful day on the Lake Erie shoreline, add in the mix the Caspian Terns in various plumages, and I am really getting reved for Midwest Birding! Bring it on!


  1. Thanks for sharing a wonderful day and a lifer-woo-hoo!

  2. Me and the Doodles stopped by for a look also. Lots of swimmers, no birds, so we went for a walk on the beach.
    When we came back to the pool we saw what I thought was a Yellowlegs...not...or should I sat 'Knot!"

  3. I just love shore birds; really nice photos, Cheryl!

  4. Maybe I can get some more one-on-one shorebird help at Midwest Birding. It would be an answer to my prayers... Bill, Ian, Paul B? Are you listening? :)