Not every bird I saw out west was exotic. Quite a few were old familiar friends, actually. This American Coot is often seen on the East Coast.
Double-crested cormorants are abundant even in Framingham, Massachusetts. They've practically taken over the Heron Rookery in the Foss Reservoir!
Snowy Egrets are almost always seen during the summer months in New England.
My first Ruddy Duck was diving in the Foss Reservoir, too!
Ruddy Ducks still have a special place in my heart!
The three female Common Mergansers we saw enjoying the salmon spawn at Lake Tahoe look exactly like the Common Mergansers on the Sudbury River. It's actually pretty cool to see where some of our birds end up when they leave us!