This photo was not taken in Dutchess County.
One of the trails at the Wells Reserve in Maine led to a beach which we decided to check out. It’s not a habitat we have here in Dutchess County, so I was hoping to find something new.
Not far into the hike, I could see two duck-like birds swimming along the crashing waves. When I zoomed in with my camera, I was happy to see it was surf scoters! It was easily the most interesting looking bird of the trip.