Yellow Lichen and Purple Sandpipers

Gosh it’s cold out there! The freezing northerly wind chills me to the bone, but what a sight as the sun catches on yellow lichen and purple sandpipers.

At Battery Point masses of bright yellow lichen covers the centuries old black, basalt rocks. Scattered among them are plump little wading bird with yellow-orange legs and a dash of orange on the beak. These cheerful little purple sandpipers have escaped the harsh arctic winters, so for them it is relatively balmy here.

yellow lichen and purple sandpipers

The tide rises rapidly around them as they forage for food. Soon the tide covers the yellow lichen and purple sandpipers leave. Any day now these small waders will return to their arctic home to nest. But maybe, just maybe I will see them once more before they go.

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