If you were ever looking for a reason to pay careful attention to the common birds around you, this

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weekend offered the perfect opportunity. Have you been participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count?

Honestly, I did not embrace the GBBC with all my heart. This weekend was dedicated to enjoying the company of my visiting mother, brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Consequently, I spent lots of time in non-birdy environments. However, I did carve out time for a quick twitch once Corey alerted me to a convenient first-year male King Eider up on Lake Ontario. The gender of this duck drove my decision, since I swore I would not be moved to chase a drab eider hen, even if it would be a life bird. The joke was on me though; after employing the persistence and patience most twitches demand, I finally got my bird… a proud Queen Eider. Dash it all!

You won’t be surprised to learn that Corey had many good birds to choose from for his Best Bird of the Weekend. From Orange-crowned Warbler to Razorbill, from Lapland Longspur to Red-necked Grebe, from Northern Shrike to Gray Catbird, Corey had a heck of a weekend. But on his boat ride around lower New York Harbor and Jamaica Bay on Sunday he found himself appreciating the Herring Gulls more than any other species. Is he becoming a larophile? Only time will tell…

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.

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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.