Red Knot or Curlew Sandpiper?

Upon further review and more sets of eyes, we believe the Red Knot we saw in Harrier Meadow is a Curlew Sandpiper.

Your input most welcome. It was seen on a mudflat by Harrier Meadow, along with Semipalmated Plovers, Dunlin, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Two White-rumped Sandpipers were seen by some in our small group.

The photo above is not too hot, but the bird was quite distant — tough to see without a spotting scope. (Thanks, Rob, Ray, Mike and Co.)

Harrier Meadow is closed to the public, but the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon are having a special free walk at Harrier Meadow from 11:30 to 12:30 tomorrow (Saturday) if you want to see for yourself. You will need to sign a standard 2011 liability waiver, which you can download from link in left-hand column.

Direcyions to Harrier Meadow are in the lefthand column as well.

Bring spotting scope, bug spray, and sunblock.

6 thoughts on “Red Knot or Curlew Sandpiper?

  1. Christopher Vogel

    This is not a Red Knot. It is a Curlew Sandpiper. The long curved bill, patch of white at the base of the bill, and the rich chestnut/maroon color all clearly illustrate this.


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