Early Saturday morning I headed out to Fort Desoto expecting to see the same ole birds. I was really going to see if I could spot the brown booby that’s been seen there on and off for a month. No luck on the booby but I walked up to the very north beach tip and saw the above. This is only a small section of the sleeping red knots with a few sanderlings and piping plovers in front.
They were all sleeping. Red knots have one of the longest migrations of any bird. Every year they travel more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America and back. Most of the red knots stop over to rest in the Delaware bay but we are lucky to have a handful spend time in the Tampa Bay area. Hey, how did that ruddy turnstone on the right get in the picture?
I only saw one feeding while I was there.
A guy came jogging along and woke them up. They didn’t move and went back to sleep as he passed.
Stretching. Most were still in their summer breeding colors.
I’m not sure if the pale birds in front are juvenile red knots or another type of shorebird.
It’s funny to see most of them sleeping on one leg. They need their rest since they have such a long flight. They won’t stick around long. I sat on the sand for a while and watched them sleep. All above are extremely cropped.