I was getting a bit of exercise and fresh air (I'll say!) before heading home, so I was walking pretty fast and mostly looking down at the beach. But at one point I looked to the northwest (away from the wind) and saw this bird hunkered down behind a hummock.
This Snowy Plover had found some shelter in the lee of a clump of dried eelgrass. Note how the wind had carved out pedestals in the sand (there's a good example along the left edge of the image).
Here's a close-up of the plover, eyes closed against the wind and sand.
After my walk, I went home to some hot soup. Later as I was lying in bed under warm blankets, I thought about the plovers on the beach in the rain and wind that night and how brave and amazing they are.