Today I did something I have never done before. I went birding by myself. Just before dusk, I grabbed my binoculars and a bird guide, then bundled up the baby and loaded him and the dog into the car. We headed for Croton Point, a park close to where I live in New York’s Hudson Valley. There, I scanned the river for ducks, peered up under the pines in hopes of finding a Long-Eared Owl, and drove right past a “Do Not Enter” sign in an effort to get a little closer to the water. I thought some waterfowl might be hiding in the cove. Alas, nothing.
Then I drove over toward the Croton train station, where a little inlet is a popular winter hangout for Bald Eagles. Why? Apparently because waterfowl like to cruise the waters below their favorite treetop perch. What did I find? Something better than I could have expected. A Tundra Swan. How did I know it’s a Tundra Swan? Because these cold-weather birds have a black bill, instead of an orange one like the mute swan. And this bird’s bill was black as night.“The views expressed in user comments do not reflect the views of Audubon. Audubon does not participate in political campaigns, nor do we support or oppose candidates.”