It came as a surprise and concern when someone walking on the beach came running up to me and told me that there was a "sick bird" sitting on the sand.
Nearing the spot cited, I instantly spotted the variegated feathers and long beak of the listless creature in repose at the water's edge.
A loon. I stepped closer to it, peering at it for any signs of lacerations or broken wings.
The loon looked at me, its small eyes bright and piercing with no sign of distress or concern.