Because I go birding nearly every day, I see a good number of the same species day in and day out. I have a pretty good idea of what I will see and where I will see it. However, and this is the thing I love about birding, every trip seems to at some point hold a surprise, a new or different bird, or an unexpected location, or a close up encounter that provides new or additional information. These incidents I like to call “the gift of the day”, and there always seems to be at least one sighting that stands out above the rest. Today “the gift of the day” was this SpottedSandpiper, which is always a favorite of mine to observe, but todays sighting was the first for me in Lake Havasu State Park and Mohave County.