Over a year ago in Kennebunkport, Maine, I got my first glimpse of a red-breasted merganser. On Saturday, I got to see another one about a half an hour from our new home! This time, it was a female.
It was my first time visiting Kingston Point Park last Sunday, and as I was sitting along the Hudson River watching the double-crested cormorants fly by, this gal popped up out of the water about 30 feet away! Of everything that it could have been, I would have never thought it would be something so uncommon. I knew I had a few seconds before she would fly off, so I took what I could while staying as motionless as possible.
Seeing that I live in Ulster County now, I figure I’ll have to combine my Dutchess County sightings and Ulster County sightings in to a Mid-Hudson Valley sightings list!