Monday, June 6, 2011

International Beach

Last Saturday, I was on the beach early. To my surprise, there were still a good number of Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, a few Semipalmated Sandpipers and Red Knots. One of the Red Knots was banded and flagged with an orange flag. This bird had flown from Argentina. It was very thin but otherwise looked all right. Jekyll's beach is an international rest stop!

In the meantime, Wilson’s Plovers are still on the beach. I only found one chick this time. There were 2 other male plovers and one female…..Stay tuned.


Joy Window said...

Interesting - we (in Australia) also have sanderlings, ruddy turnstones and red knots, but not the Wilson's plover or semipalminated sandpiper (unless they have a different common name in Australia). I imagine ours migrate using different flight paths to yours.

Lydia said...

I often tell my folks who go out on tour with me that you can find Sanderlings on any sandy beach. It is nice to know you enjoy Sanderlings as well. Wilson' Plovers are just found on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and up the Atlantic Coast and the Sea of Cortez area. You have special birds in Australia that we don't get. Isn't nice to know that we share a few. You area right the birds here migrate from South America to The Canadian Arctic.
Thanks for checking my blog.

Joy Window said...

You're welcome, Lydia. I became interested in coastal Georgia after visiting Cumberland Island, plus Charleston and Savannah, about this time last year. I am intrigued by your barrier islands and have written about my experiences on my own blog. I was following rebeccainthewoods while she was on Jekyll (am still reading now she's moved) and will be reading yours as it's an interesting environment.