As you might’ve guessed from the subject heading, I was in WV this weekend and spotted a bird that I can’t id. I’ve spent a fair amount of time online looking at pictures; it’s probably something in the sandpiper/plover family. Trouble is, it wasn’t speckled, and most of the pipers seem to be.
It definitely is in the waterbird category; medium-sized (about the same as a largish duck), with non-webbed feet. Medium red chest with indigo-colored wings and back. My mom said she saw some white under its chin, which I didn’t see.
It had a pretty substantial wingspan when it took off.
It was not a duck of any kind because of the lack of webbed feet and the fact that it had a long, skinny beak.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have a camera with us, so I’m calling on the powers of the SDMB to help us figure out what we saw!