Did you enjoy the last normal weekend of your calendar year? Hopefully, you indulged in your favorite expressions of banality and lethargy while you could; now that the holiday season is kicking off, the pressure is on!

I took a run up to the lake and picked out several sharp Ring-necked Ducks amidst the abundant Mallards. Corey was extremely lucky this weekend to get a Cassin’s Kingbird, the second record for the species in New York State. But that bird was in Brooklyn whereas his Best Bird of the Weekend, a Henslow’s Sparrow, was his first in seven years and also his first of that species in Queens!

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.