Sharp-tailed sandpipers

To: "Mike Carter" <>, "Rod Corinaldi" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>
Subject: Sharp-tailed sandpipers
From: "Tom Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 17:21:15 +1000
Following up Rod Corinaldi's original report and Mike Carter's subsequent
comment (although I see that the Sharp Taileds have now been identified as
Red Knot), don't migrant waders that either fail to pair up or have nests
fail early at the breeding grounds "come back" early as well?  My
understanding was that in the N Hemisphere some of the birds seen in almost
full breeding plumage have come back to wintering sites for this reason -
hence the party of 5 "red" Black Tailed Godwits on the tidal creek near
my Dad's place in Cornwall (SW England) two weeks ago.
Tom Wilson

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