Heading South

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Harold Fleming

They are thick aren't they, Jane! I appreciate your description.

Jane LeBlanc

Thanks, Harold.

The Semipalmated (semi webbed) Sandpipers have returned to the Bay of Fundy on their way south. When they arrive from the Arctic, they weigh as much as a strawberry. They stay here and gorge on very small shrimp and krill in the mud at low tide for one to two weeks, and double their weight. Then, they fly from here non-stop for 72 hours, to South America. They can't float, like ducks, so they must congregate as the tide rises near the high water mark, and rest until the tide turns. This gives predators, like Peregrine Falcons, lots of opportunities to feast on them.
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Jane LeBlanc
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August 11, 2021
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