Machipongo, Va. -- A Virginia scientist said a long-billed wading bird outfitted with a satellite transmitter returned to the state at the end of a 14,170-mile round trip.
Barry Truitt, senior scientist for The Nature Conservancy, said the whimbrel, named Hope, arrived on the Eastern Shore near Machipongo after traveling 14,170 miles around the globe during the past 11 months, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday.
Truitt said Hope nested in western Canada and wintered in the Virgin Islands before returning to the same place where scientists first encountered her nearly a year ago.
"This bird actually came back to the exact mudflat where we caught it last year," Truitt said. "How do these birds do that? We don't know yet."