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Spotted Sandpiper

Posted by Karen Brown on July 22, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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On an August day in 2017, I decided to check some flooded fields for shorebirds at a spot in LaGrange County, Indiana, where I have often found them during migration. As I approached one of the flooded areas, I noticed a white shorebird foraging alongside some Lesser Yellowlegs. At first glance, I thought it was one of the Phalarope species due to the amount of white on the bird. Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was a leucistic Spotted Sandpiper. Even though they are a common shorebird, the chances of seeing a leucistic one is slim to none. The bird was very cooperative for photos. When the news spread among the local birding community about my find, many other birders went to see it. They were just as gratified as I was when they laid their eyes upon this unique and awe-inspiring bird. Taken with a Canon 7D Mark II and the Canon EF 100-400mm II lens.