It was a warm and wind-free morning for us at Col. Sam Smith Park. Several birders informed us that a Purple Sandpiper was in the vicinity and we looked everywhere. Purple Sandpipers breed within the Arctic Circle and are usually seen here only in November usually on rocky promontories or piers. When we see it, it is mainly dark, slate gray (like the rocks on which it is often found) with a white belly and yellow to orange legs. I photographed this one a year or two ago.
We were unable to find it.
Birds we did find:
Tight closeup of Osprey parent feeding chicks.
The geese honked overhead.
I ran to catch the skein
To watch them as they fled
In a long wavering line. – May Sarton (1912–95)