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395. Reeds Beach at the Horseshoe Crab feed | by InAweofGod'sCreation
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395. Reeds Beach at the Horseshoe Crab feed

Thousands of sanderlings, dunlin, semipalmated sandpiper, ruddy turnstones, and lesser numbers of redknot feed on horseshoe crab. We saw about 500 redknot, and numbers increased from last year. Also lesser numbers of willet.

Reeds Beach is part of the 5,000 acres of protected beaches and marshland along the Delaware Bay.


The Delaware Bayshores are home to the country's largest population of American horseshoe crab.


Migrating birds such as red knots and rudy turnstones feed on the crab's eggs each spring before completing their 10,000 mile return trip to the Canadian Arctic.

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Taken on May 19, 2009