It is May! For those in the northern hemisphere migration fever is upon us and employers who employ birders are wondering where everybody is. Have the birds really started moving where you live?
Both Mike and I were on the road this weekend. I was in Chicago (actually, I might even still be here by the time this post goes up considering my first flight was cancelled and my second has already been delayed once) and managed to sneak an awesome morning’s birding in the Chevalier Woods Forest Preserve. A Bay-breasted Warbler was my best bird of the weekend though I could have chosen almost any of the 64 species I spotted. Mike was with his kids doing the theme parks in Florida and had as his best bird one of his Florida favorites, a White Ibis.
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.
Lifer Henslow’s Sparrow. Had heard them before, but this one popped out and perched on a shrub singing for a half hour. Wonderful views.
Migrants have already passed through Costa Rica so my best bird of the weekend was not one of the gorgeous wood-warblers but a Silver-throated Jay seen in the highland forests on Cerro de la Muerte.
@Corey: Glad you took advantage of Chicago’s birdiness this time of year! I was hemmed in all weekend by responsibilities & rain but look forward to checking out the warbler explosion tomorrow. Until then, my best bird of the weekend … the chimney swifts are back!
Best bird for us was (and is) a brown thrasher, feeding on our deck.
Most if the migrants are gone from south Florida. Best bird was a WoodStork with chicks at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach.
It seems like the Painted Buntings are here to stay for the summer (suburban Dallas). I’ve seen two males and two females at once and see at least one male 2-3 times a day on my backyard feeders. They seem to like the finch mix.
We’re in the Chicago area and had an Indigo Bunting and Rose Breasted Grosbeak visit our feeder. That was a first for us. Hope they return!
White Crowned Sparrow. My first.