The year 2016 is done and gone and 2017 beckons us onward, bright and new and shiny, hopefully full of birds. As birders we love the turn of the calendar as it allows us to start a new year list and take stock of the previous year’s sightings, twitches, dips, and photos. Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful 2017, full of amazing birds and experiences.
I had a bunch of birds to choose from this weekend as I spent the afternoon hiking upstate with the family and all morning on Sunday building up my new year list. But of all the species I saw I most appreciated the various ducks and other waterbirds that were “cutting the corner” at Breezy Point in the predawn light, overflying the beach and the jetty as they made their way from the open ocean to the protected waters of New York Harbor. And of all of them making that move I think that the Red-throated Loons were the most entertaining, so I chose one of them as my Best Bird of the Weekend. See one for yourself at the top of this post.
As for Mike, well…at the beginning of a new year, every bird commands attention. Why else would Mike dub European Starling, in all of its obnoxious and glossy splendor, his Best Bird of the Weekend. Eeewww!
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.
Nothing special so far but my first bird of the year was an American Crow (and another, and another, and then a whole passel of them) the morning after staying up to watch fireworks in downtown Lancaster, PA.
European Starling??? Really, Mike? My best bird of the weekend for 2016 was the Black-headed Gull, which very nicely appeared 2 minutes after I drove into the Camman’s Pond (Long Island) parking lot after dropping my daughter off at the airport (good timing, Sar!).
My best bird of 2017 were the Brant I saw flying over the Raritan Bay at dawn, as I joined my compadres for the Raritan CBC on Sunday. There’s nothing like beginning your bird list anew!
Why the hate? Starlings are rather fetching, if you can ignore their obnoxious tendency to blot out native avifauna.