This morning I took a ride in the pouring rain to see if I could find something good on a rainy holiday. Along the Neversink River I found a family of Common Mergansers that were fairly cooperative for photos. A mother and her seven chicks swam up and down the river feeding as they went. They eventually went down stream a ways when the chicks hauled out on a rock to dry out a bit. I went on to Apollo Plaza where I quickly located the Spotted Sandpiper family. This morning, only one adult and two, now well grown, chicks were present. The chicks are about three quarters the size of the adult now. In another week, I think they will be full size. Many Killdeer were present, though I didn’t spot any new chicks. One adult Osprey was on the nest, apparently sheltering the chicks from the rain.