With simply a couple of days remaining before we consign this year’s calendars to the compost pile, our 2013 lists (deeds, birds, etc.) are pretty much set. Most people can live with that, content in the knowledge that much of the year was spent in pursuit of worthy goals and satisfied to glide towards year’s end. Some, though, see immense opportunity in the next 48 hours to strive and perhaps succeed in adding to their year lists. I won’t ask which category you fall into but wish you luck and a very Happy New Year!
I spent the weekend with my family in the Bronx and was amazed by the proliferation of Red-tailed Hawks. Not only were these raptors large in both size and number, but they also called so often, I felt I was in an old Western. Nothing like that call! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was either of the two Short-eared Owls he saw at Edgemere Landfill in Queens. He would have a picture to share but shortly after seeing and photographing the owls he dropped and broke his camera. He is too cheap to buy an unnecessary card reader so it might be a couple of weeks before he runs a blog post with new pictures.
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.
Snowy owl in Biddeford Pool, Maine!
Adult male Bald Eagle flying over Tennant Pond, Old Bridge, NJ while doing the Raritan Estuary CBC with my friend John. Yeah, I should be out today trying to get a guillemot or alcid for my 2013 year list (http://10000birds.com/donnas-2013-year-list.htm), but I think I did pretty well on that considering I did not leave the country (except for Canada but that doesn’t count because I had a major dip there). And, my time is probably better spent doing chores so I can start my 2014 with a clean conscience!
A mixed flock of Dunlin and a few Sanderlings flying in swirls over a bay on the Olympic Peninsula. Just beautiful!
I didn’t go birding on Saturday or Sunday but a few highlights from Friday guiding near Carara National Park, Costa Rica were:
1. 16 species of raptors including several King Vultures, White Hawk, and Crane Hawk.
2. Requisite Scarlet Macaws.
3. A brief look at a female White-crested Coquette.
Snowy Owl in Wabash, IN!
Little late to the show, but the whole family encountered a magnificent barred owl in Chatham County, NC on Saturday. Not at all rare in our area, but a memorable encounter nonetheless with great photos by the boys. Seems to have inspired the budding birder in them both for the new year.
Catching up on old e-mails, forgive the lapse … but hopefully the Eastern Bluebirds flitting around the meadow of the Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT. Props to Hank Weber (of http://birdsoup.net) for planning the outing.