Red Knot Family Life

Red knot on northward migration in Sanibel, Florida (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

12 August 2022

Red knots (Calidris canutus) stop in the Lower 48 States on migration and for the winter.

Range map of red knot subspecies (map from Wikimedia Commons)

But they nest in the Arctic so we never see them raise their chicks.

Here’s a quick look at red knot family life.

Notice that there are bands on several of the birds. Red knots are often banded and studied because they are Near Threatened.

By the way, you may have seen a red knot in fall or winter but not recognized it. At that time of year they are not red!

Red knots in Ohio in September (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

(photos and map from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

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