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 Red Knot

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 03-04
Fall 2003 8
Spring 2003 18
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 13
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 10
Summer 2001 4
Spring 2001 0
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 35
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 8
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 15
Spring/Summer 1999 1

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Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

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Calidris canutus rufa (Wilson)
American Knot (A.O.U. 1998: Red Knot)

Uncommon transient, found chiefly along the Great Lakes; more un- common in fall than in spring.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839 : 416): "Tringa cinerea."

SPRING.-Main flight is reported from late May to early June. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 77, 189, 203), where the species occurs in very small numbers only, it has been noted from mid- May to mid-June, groups being found there on the average from May 27, when 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z) were collected in 1934, to June 1. Late June specimens taken at Forestville, Sanilac County (2 on June 20, 2023), and at Benton Harbor, Berrien County (1 on June 23, 2023), were examined by Barrows (1912: 181-82). On Sand Point, Huron County, D. W. Douglass and Max M. Peet saw 1 to 4 Knots several times and collected 3 specimens (1 in U.M.M.Z.) between May 23 and June 4, 1933; at the same place on May 24, 1936, Trautman (with A. D. Tinker and R. E. Olsen) saw 23 Knots, of which he collected 2 (1 in U.M.M.Z.). There are records of a few other observations (1926, 1930, 1931, 1932), similar in time and in numbers of birds, from elsewhere on Saginaw Bay, for example, Fish Point, Lone Tree Island, and the Bay County shoreline; Miller Empey collected 2 at Linwood, Bay County, on May 30, 1930; a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken on Charity Island, Huron County, as late as June 12 (1912). Northward, at Cheboygan (Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937), another was secured on May 29, 1937. In the Upper Peninsula, at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Tyrrell (1931:131) saw 2 Knots on June 5, 1930, and collected one of them.

FALL.-Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) reported a specimen collected at Cheboygan on September 10, 1936. In Huron County 3 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken at Oak Point on August 20 and 21,1908 (N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 280-81); one (U.M.M.Z.) -was taken and another seen on Charity Island on September 1, 2023 (N. A. Wood, 1911: 89), and 1 shot at Port Austin on September 4, 2023 (J. Claire Wood, 1900: 391). Trautman collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.) of 3 seen at Fish Point, Tuscola County, on August 26,1934; and Miller Empey collected 1 at Linwood, Bay County, on September 29,1915. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. W. Campbell (1940:77, 189) has found individuals occasionally from mid-August to December 1 but on the average from mid-September to mid-November.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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