Many of you may remember this unusual visitor to our marsh – a leucistic Semipalmated Plover – from last summer. He showed up on August 11, 2020, and spent a few days resting and feeding here before continuing his southward journey. The following March, he was photographed in Maldonado, Uruguay at the same spot he’d been seen in December of both 2019 and 2020. After that, we heard nothing more about him.
Until today. One year to the day after his first appearance here at The Wetlands Institute, he’s back. Following a summer spent in remote, high Arctic breeding grounds, he found his way back to us today – no maps, no GPS, and no calendar. In a few days, he’ll continue his journey to wintering grounds in South America, following migratory clues and instincts that, to us, largely remain shrouded in mystery. We understand a good bit of the “why” of migration, but the “how” lies firmly entrenched in the land of wonder.
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