With my knee becoming more problematic as the weeks go on, I changed up my game plan a little bit. Instead of doing my several hour hike at one place, I drove to several lakes in the area to look for migrating ducks.
The lake at Overlook Park in Poughkeepsie was the hotspot today, with my very first Ruddy Duck sighting! The moment I saw her flip her tail up like a fan, I knew exactly what it was. She was with a ring-necked duck transitioning into breeding plumage and several ring-billed gulls. More photos are on the way. This is now the 126th bird I’ve photographed in Dutchess County.