Seagull (and one tiny sandpiper) Island

Seagull Island on the North Saskatchewan River

Seagull Island on the North Saskatchewan River

Most of my walks are solitary, but occasionally, someone will accompany me. Today, it was Tom – a fellow river valley enthusiast, and in every possible way, great company. We walked from Skunk Hollow to Louise McKinney, ending in Mill Creek Ravine. It was a cloudy day, but by the end, hot and sunny. A perfect day for a walk.

We walked east of the footbridge for awhile, to get a better look at the detritus on Seagull Island, which appeared to be a couple of Red Things. That island is usually only visible a few weeks each summer, as the river level drops. This year, for the first time that I can recall, the island has been up long enough to turn green. That’s a bit worrying. We’ve had so little rain this summer. Good for the seagulls, I suppose. As we got closer to the island (which has no official name – just the obvious one…), the Red Things turned out to be nothing spectacular, just a traffic barrier and some metal garbage that either washed up on the ‘shore’, or was brought over. Among the garbage and the seagulls, I saw a tiny bird wading in the water near the edge of the island. Turns out it’s a spotted sandpiper. Not sure I’ve seen one of these guys before. I didn’t get a great photo, but enough for identification.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

More Spotted Sandpiper

More Spotted Sandpiper

The river has its turquoise trousers on, so typical of August. Mill Creek is a sliver of its usual self, also typical of August. Everything still green and lush in the summer heat. These are the last true days of summer. They require appreciation.

Turquoise river from Skunk Hollow

Turquoise river from Skunk Hollow

11:00 to 1:10/27C

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