Solitary Sandpipers breed in Northern Ontario and begin their southbound migration as early as July. They are easy to identify with their white eye rings. Unlike their usual solitary behaviour, two were in view this morning at Col. Sam Smith Park.
I think of Great Blue Herons searching for small fish and frogs. Have a look at what this one caught this morning:
O golden month! How high thy gold is heaped!
The yellow birch-leaves shine like bright coins strung
On wands; the chestnut’s yellow pennons tongue
To every wind its harvest challenge. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885)
So did it successfully swallow it????! Final pic shows no obvious crop distention; out of sequence or abandoned attempt? Suspense is choking me 😉