Don’t think we’ve noticed that most of you don’t play along with this game of sharing the best–meaning the coolest, rarest, fanciest, or dearest–bird species you’ve spotted in a given weekend. Honestly, we’re hoping that you’ve been answering the question every Monday, even if you’re muttering under your breath or just bragging to a few birding buds. But sharing fun sightings makes for more fun, at least as long as your audience enjoys avian observation as much as you do. And anyone reading this post falls into that merry category. So consider stacking one more resolution onto the 2017 pile and share your best bird every weekend either on our blog or our Facebook page or even your own site or social media. Your year will be much better for it!

With frigid temperatures taking all the fun out of bird chasing, I enjoyed my plentiful yard birds, especially a confiding Tufted Titmouse, which looked smashing in the wan sunlight. For the first week of the year Corey has enjoyed catching up to some of New York’s visiting rare geese and making their acquaintance in 2017. On Saturday morning it was the Barnacle Goose at Hempstead Lake State Park which both in terms of rarity and visual appeal was easily his Best Bird of the Weekend.

How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us in the comments section about the rarest, loveliest, or most fascinating bird you observed. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.