Two of my aunts and uncles are in town staying with my parents, and so we all decided to go to the beach for a couple hours this morning. It was pretty fun hanging out with my daughter and extended family, and of course, I kept an eye on the birds. I didn't see much that was unusual, though I did see about 30 Barn Swallows flying in from the ocean--nice to see them returning. The biggest highlight, though, was seeing a Purple Sandpiper at the jetty. At least one seems to turn up here every winter, so I always hope to see one when I visit. This morning I was not disappointed. These are by far my best photos of this beautiful little bird.