The vibe of generosity that pervades the holiday season makes us imagine we’ll be showered with gifts everywhere we go. Yet the frenzy of giving does not extend into nature, any more that it normally does. Rare birds don’t plot to turn up in our backyards just because we’re in the mood for just one more present. Fortunately, nature offers us so much all year long that a little something special under the tree is entirely unnecessary.

For that reason, the perfectly prosaic birds I saw this week were splendid anyway, especially in that luminous winter sunlight. Even American Goldfinches at the very nadir of their splendor seemed to transcend their drab plumage. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend came very early in the weekend, just after dawn on Friday morning, in fact. The pair of Ross’s Geese that were found earlier in the week at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island cooperated nicely, placidly feeding in the lawn in the traffic circle while Corey digiscoped them from his car. Not exactly geese-a-laying but close enough for the holiday season!

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.