Though songbird migration is slowing down, there are still good numbers of shorebirds moving through – many stopping here at the Institute to rest and feed before moving on to breeding grounds in the far north.
Shorebirds are marathon migrators, most traveling from wintering sites in Central and South America all the way to the Arctic tundra – at its longest, a journey of 10,000 miles one way! Among them is the tiny Least Sandpiper – the world’s smallest shorebird. Barely bigger than a sparrow and weighing one ounce, these birds fly from Chile and Brazil to almost the northernmost extent of the tundra, including some non-stop stretches of 2500 miles!
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