Signs of Life in Orange County

~A couple of Ring-necked Ducks made my day today. Glenmere Lake, 3/9/15.~
~A couple of Ring-necked Ducks made my day today. Glenmere Lake, 3/9/15.~

QUICK POST: It’s not much, but it’s a start. I stopped by Glenmere Lake after work today and I was pleased to find two Ring-necked Ducks (first of the year for me) and one Common Merganser in one of the thawed areas in the lake. Afterwards, I made my way over to the Liberty Loop viewing platform. Kyle Dudgeon was there already, Linda Scrima and Maria Loukeris showed up not too long after I arrived. It was nice to be out in the warmer temperatures, and we enjoyed watching a male American Kestrel hunting. The bird went two for two, successfully catching (and then eating) what I assume were voles on his first two attempts. Also of note, we heard my first Orange County Killdeer of the year.

~American Kestrel with prey at the Wallkill River NWR Liberty Loop viewing platform, 3/9/15.~
~American Kestrel with prey at the Wallkill River NWR Liberty Loop viewing platform, 3/9/15.~
~Common Merganser at Glenmere Lake, 3/9/15.~
~Common Merganser at Glenmere Lake, 3/9/15.~

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