Go Packers! With a stirring Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay team have finally moved beyond the Favre era and into what appears to be a bright future.
Oh wait, you’re not here for football commentary? Some of you (you know who you are) don’t even consider the game we play in the United States real football at all? Fine, let’s get down to business… my best bird of the weekend was a hulk of a Hairy Woodpecker, the kind that could never be mistaken for a Downy. Corey was thrilled to find his first-ever-in-Queens Snow Bunting at Jamaica Bay.
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.
I did not see the Super Bowl but thankfully was compensated for that bitter miss by watching a comparatively athletic and action-packed sports event, a women’s synchronized swimming competition.
Oh well, best bird of the weekend.
Yes, I COULD say yet again that I saw Long-tailed Tits, Hawfinches and a splendid Northern Bullfinch (of the trumpeting kind) – and this would also be true – but I don’t think this will make Corey even slightly upset anymore.
So, the winner is …
Common Raven (cheers, Arctic Bay!!), a pair flying over Rohrbach/Heidelberg into the Rhine valley. That’s pretty darn good, as they are regular yet scarce in the mountains not even a mile to the East, but in my three years here I have NEVER seen them in the valley.
The 15 mn of effective play was rather nice, I enjoyed it. The halftime show was absolutly horrible (they should have shown some music instead), but some commercials were creative and funny.
Best bird of the week end….I guess a hairy woodpecker coming at my feeders…..still waiting for my bins to come back from California after repairs…
I saw about 300 snow buntings, some 50 horned larks and l lapland longspur on a snow and ice covered farm track yesterday. The longspur was seen through a friend’s scope, which doesn’t quite feel real to me unless I can see it with my naked eyes. But I guess I can add it to my life list anyway. I got some really fabulous snow bunting close-up photos on Friday though.
I ran into (not literally) two not-all-that-common-in-midwinter birds for this area. A pretty female hooded merganser and a belted kingfisher. I thought I was hallucinating when I heard the kingfisher, since I’ve never seen one in winter here, but just after I shot some video of the merg, he zoomed right past. Made me feel like spring despite the near zero degree Fahrenheit wind chill.
@Mike: Go Pack go!
@Jochen: Cool sightings. I bet Corey will ask you to mention the raven (wait for it) nevermore. (sorry, couldn’t resist)
@Hilke: I feel the same way about naked-eye lifers!
@Kirby: Maybe it’s the wacky weather that has pushed both birds into your neck of the woods? The merganser video is lovely.
Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. An unexpected and crisis-ridden apartment move, a bad cold, and massive amounts of snow and frigid temps conspired against me birding. As it was the local Eagle Fest on Saturday was canceled due to icy conditions.
*But* yesterday, heading out to the laundromat at 7:30 AM in warmer weather, I happened to look up and see a bald eagle soaring on an updraft. No, wait, make that a pair of eagles! No mistaking the white head/tail and the monstrous, perfectly flat wingspan. I now officially heart my new home along the Hudson River!!
An apparent Northern Cardinal x Pyrrhuloxia hybrid beat out Rufous-backed Robin for bird of the weekend on a nice day out in southeast AZ.
Saw Evening Grosbeaks. Posted about it on my blog, Punk Rock Big Year. Read about it here.
Can I count 4 Spoon-billed Sandpipers if they were seen on a Friday?
@Meredith: oh crap, how did I miss that chance!? I LOVE Poe (well, his work).
I guess it was because I wrote my comment around a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
over a pipit, quaint and curious,
with paler or with spotted lores.
While I nodded, nearly napping, over Sibley there came a tapping,
like a nuthatch gently rapping, rapping at a suet ball.
`’Tis some Long-tailed Tit,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’
@Redgannet: no! Definitely not! Neither on a Friday, nor a Saturday, nor a Sunday. Completely out of the question.
It is almost time for next weekend, but I can say that I had a great–if chilly–winter bird watching vacation last week in southeastern Arizona with my husband and his parents (all very good sports if not really serious about birds). I saw 62 species, and 27 were new ones for me. Details here: