March Madness is on everyone’s mind right now, at least in the United States. But I’ll tell you what March Madness really is… looking out the window on the first (and second and third) day of spring and seeing fresh snow. Madness!
Because of said snow, the smart birds are refraining from returning to Rochester; we’re dealing with a lot of confused robins and smug starlings. But on the topic of snow, Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was the first Snowy Egret of the year in New York State, one he found at Baisley Pond Park in Queens, a rather unusual location for the species to begin with, much less at the very beginning of spring.
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 had my lifer Hooded Warbler at Fort Morgan, Alabama on Sunday.
First time seeing a B&W Warbler in my backyard last week, one of 24 species I saw from my kitchen in a 2-hour span late afternoon in Dallas, TX. But my best bird of the weekend was a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher at Lake Ben Brook (southwest of Dallas). It seemed cold and early for this species, but there it was! Hard to miss that tail.
I added the Eastern Rosella to my yard list, cute little parrot.
Lake Ontario and areas around took a beating this weekend. Lots of ice still. Migrants are troubled, residents very hungry.
My best were probably five Northern Pintails and a flock of returning Tundra Swans.
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Marsh wren caught in a mist net at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh!
A life Menetries Warbler for me this week in Dubai
I was hiking in the Olympic Mountains and kept hearing Pacific Wrens singing. None appeared to be admired, but their singing was awesome!
I likely saw my last-of-year Red-breasted Merganser (a lady) bobbing along the Chicago River, but was more excited to hear my FOY Song Sparrows hidden in the trees along the same!
@Erika Z.: LOVE Marsh Wrens!
Birding Pico Bonito National Park and it’s fringes in northern Honduras, we found day roosting Crested Owl and day roosting Great Potoo, two excellent lifers!