Great / Red Knot hybrid? at Broome

Subject: Great / Red Knot hybrid? at Broome
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:43:13 +0800

A "smallish Great Knot with some Red Knot breeding plumage" was caught on Roebuck Bay on 6th March. We tried to turn it into a rarity, but all evidence pointed to it being a hybrid. Photos were taken. It was fully measured and a blood sample was taken for analysis. None of the team have heard of a Great / Red Knot hybrid previously (including overseas members from the Netherlands, UK, USA, China). It would be hard to pick in a flock and so could very easily be overlooked. As it had partial breeding plumage, it has to be a bird in at least its second year.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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