A plague has fallen on my house. I mean this, of course, in the literal rather than Biblical sense. Apparently, a variety of nasty bugs are biting hapless victims as they wander wearily towards the winter exit.  Stay healthy out there!

My Best Bird of the Weekend was a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk perched outside my window kind of like an accipiter would. Remembering the excitement last time a red-tail roamed into this area, I watched for a while but saw nothing interesting. Corey was on a pelagic trip on Saturday so he had visions of hordes of alcids, lots of great gulls, fulmars, jaegers, and skuas spinning through his head on Friday night. Unfortunately, though the weather was great for the boat ride the birds were relatively lacking. Nonetheless, he really enjoyed the chance to see Northern Gannets up close and personal as they fed in the chum scrum at the back of the boat.

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.