We’re a little slow to discuss this weekend’s birding because many of us in the U.S. are still enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day. But if you’re eager to share the spoils of your recent avian adventures, let the bird bragging commence!
While I saw some pretty special species this weekend, the most special was the Gray Catbird because my sweet 7-year niece totally got into finding one; I think I’ve found the next generation birder in the family! Corey’s BBOTW was one that he hadn’t seen in a couple of years. But watching a Northern Goshawk rip through the sky over Bloomingdale Bog in the Adirondacks was definitely a BBOTW moment.
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.
American Bittern, seen up close, stalking across the road in front of us and then later seen and heard singing not far away. (Actually this happened just before the weekend properly got under way) The full story is on my blog which you can find by clicking on my name above.
While practicing yoga under a wild cherry tree this morning, I watched a flock of Cedar Waxwings play “pass the berry.” No one was hungry. Eventually each berry be dropped!
Brown Thrasher singing its heart out high in a tree in the middle of a city park (Dallas, TX).
Our best of the weekend were Lattice-tailed Trogon and Tawny-chested Flycatcher, a couple of birds endemic to the Caribbean slope mid-elevations of southern Central America. Neither too common, but neither maddeningly hard.
Today we found Rufous-rumped Antwren, quite rare in Costa Rica, but easier in South America, as well as another local endemic, Red-fronted Parrotlet!
Newly-fledged Carolina Wrens, 5 of them, popping out of the nest . One flew up and clung to my shirt, while a second one landed on my hand.
A Green Heron (Butorides virescens) eat a large Tilapia click link to see http://youtu.be/nSHatP0MxzU
Finally, after 2 years of birding in central Mexico, an owl! A Mountain Pigmy Owl, to be exact. And what is cuter than an owl? A pigmy owl, of course!
I’m so glad I now live in the area of Philadelphia when I can wake one wondrous morning to the ethereal beauty of a Wood Thrush singing no more than 15-20 feet from my window!
Best. Dawn. Chorus. Ever.
@J E Moore: Awesome capture of the ravenous Green Heron!
I got a lot of joy photographing the Piping Plovers running around Mecox Inlet, Long Island (NY). There were only four, and they were not nesting, which was a concern, but the way they were going after the grubs, I have high hopes for some PIPL chicks the next time I’m there. https://flic.kr/p/nL9eSV
How does one post a pic to 10,000 birds?
Alan, you can link to a photo already posted (like I link to a photo on my Flickr site above). You can’t upload a photo to the site.