One of our last picnic outings for this fall was to the beach at Brander’s Pond on the central north shore of Prince Edward Island. It was a rare day, not a breeze in the autumn air though the sky was overcast. The area is home to cottages which are mostly empty this time of year, closed after more than two seasons of beach living for those lucky enough to have a cottage there.
Brander’s Pond flows into the Gulf of St Lawrence
but part of its attraction for me is the sea stack on the eastern side of the beach.
This beach, maintained by the cottagers, is pristine. As usual, various species of gulls hang out at the mouth of the stream. As my husband and I approached the stream, the gulls took flight briefly and moved farther away,
though not without expressing their displeasure.
We walked the beach slowly, taking in as much of the day and the setting as possible. The rhythm of the sea is comforting and as I walked I wondered how many other such days were left this season. However, those thoughts soon disappeared to the joy of this present.
In the water, Red-throated Loons enjoyed a day on the water.
Nearby, a flock of Red-breasted Mergansers dived for brunch.
By the turn-around, I watched a young Herring Gull catch and slowly eat a crab.
At this point, the sun broke through after previous attempts had failed.
On the way back, I watched a small flock on Sanderlings which are among the last shorebirds to stop by the island on their migration south. The little birds fed along the shoreline and stopped to stand on one leg periodically.
By the time we were back down the beach, the moody sky was replaced by blue and the late October sun provided some warmth. It was a perfect beach day!