Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, September 16th

Another beautiful evening at Stone Harbor Point!  We had great looks at Lesser Black-backed Gulls in various plumages. The question arose of where the name Red Knot originated.  I didn't know the answer but here's what I found;  knot is a derivative from the birds latin name "canutus" (full name calidris canutus rufa) it seems plausible that canutus was shortened to cnut (as in king cnut), quite incorrectly because canutus means grey (as in grey winter plumage of the Knot).  Oddly and equally plausible is the fact that british knots originate via Denmark where King Cnut is known to have come somewhere in history the canutus (grey) became distorted with the danish king "Cnut" which then translated to English usage of Knot. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Gail Dwyer, and Nancy Watson.
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Scoter  1
Common Loon  1
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Osprey  2
American Oystercatcher  17
Black-bellied Plover  2
Semipalmated Plover  28
Ruddy Turnstone  5
Red Knot  25
Sanderling  50
Dunlin  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50
Western Sandpiper  25
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  18
Lesser Black-backed Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Caspian Tern  6
Royal Tern  8
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Tree Swallow  115
sparrow sp.  3

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