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Knot
Knots are legendary flyers. In Autumn they migrate south from the arctic tundra where they breed, usually making the trip in two or three heroic legs. Seeing a flock of Knot twist and turn in the air, flashing their white underwing, one imagines that they are guided by a single hand. In fact slow motion photography shows that each bird follows the bird just in front. During December, January and February concentrations of birds peak with more thatn 10,000 birds in the Dundalk Bay area, the highest concentration in Ireland. At low tide they spread out over the mudflats to feed on shellfish and worms but at high tide they crowed together for protection from predtors such as the peregrin falcon or sparrowhawk.