April is here, carrying with it the first waves of birds you may not have seen in a while. Even if you were fooled by some improbable reports this weekend, you can expect real wonders all season long.

Corey spent all day on Saturday blitzing across Queens with Carrie Laben and it was a wildly successful day with 87 species spotted including a Great Horned Owl that seemed not to know that owls are supposed to be hidden away during the day, fifteen Wilson’s Snipe (a new high count for Queens), and a Piping Plover. But the Best Bird of the Weekend was another bird that seemed not to know that it was supposed to be hidden away from view, an American Bittern that had no problem sitting out in the open at Baisley Pond Park, only the seventh Corey has ever seen in his home borough. As for me, I’m just glad Turkey Vultures are back to Western NY.

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.

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.