No matter where you live, you may have seen the signs this weekend. Some birds are leaving, making room for welcome new arrivals. Don’t you love this time of year?
I noticed plenty of species I hadn’t seen all winter, but was most surprised by an energetic Northern Mockingbird. Had it really been so long since we’d last met? Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was either of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that he saw at the Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary in Catskill, New York, while he was on a walk with his family. They came close enough that even six-year-old Desi could pick them out and such big woodpeckers are always a contender for Best Bird of the Weekend when they are seen well!
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.
I was on the Olympic Peninsula participating in a Seabird Survey for Seattle Audubon and we saw hundreds of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers, which was lovely. Then we noticed a Bald Eagle on the water, paddling about like a duck. None of us had ever seen an eagle act like that. They sit atop pilings and rocks, they forage along the beach, but they never swim! Suddenly the eagle grabbed its prey, maybe a fish, and flew off.
I would have to say that my Best Bird this weekend was three (3) Harris Hawks all in something of a mating dance….and then resting, each one on their own cactus! A very close runner up, would be the Greater Roadrunner….while I see these virtually every trip out into the desert, this oner was nearly 40 feet up in the air, perched on top of a Cordon cactus. Looking for a lizard, no doubt!