Sep 04 2010
One of the most memorable bird moments of my life happened on Bubble Pond.
It was 20 years ago at Acadia National Park. My husband and I had hiked up Cadillac Mountain and were returning on the carriage path when we paused to look at the pond through a gap in the trees. There, only a few yards away from us, was a female common merganser. Alone.
I was very excited to see her, but in those days I could not identify ducks without my field guide and it was in the car. I told my husband, “This could take a while” and rushed back to the car to get it. He understood and waited near the parking lot, reading a book.
Back at the pond the merganser was still there, dipping her face in the water to watch for fish. Sometimes she raised her head and looked at me unafraid. I figured out her name but I didn’t want to leave.
It was very quiet, only the sound of small waves lapping at the shore. The sun sparkled on the water. The merganser swam near me. Peace.