After some weekends, we reflect on better views of birds we see all the time. Other times, however, find us smiling after seeing birds we haven’t seen in months. Are you smiling today?
I didn’t wander far from home this weekend, but luckily a ton of new birds came to me. My favorites were the White-throated Sparrows who typically visit my feeders this time of year. Corey endured a dreary and drizzly weekend in New York City with only a few good birds to help pass the time. Fortunately, one of them was a singing male Blackburnian Warbler. Unfortunately, it stayed high in the treetops which is why the picture above is of a Blackburnian Warbler from last year.
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.
So many incredible birds seen (FOY Veeries, Hooded Warbler, Chimney Swifts) and rare treats (Pileated Woodpecker demolishing huge chunks of bark, Great Crested Flycatcher right out in the open, a calling Raven in flight).
But my favorite moment happened during Wyncote Audubon’s bird walk at Ft. Washington (PA) State Park: Someone spotted a Northern Flicker chucking woodchips out of a newly-excavated nesthole, alternated with the bird peeking out. What a cool thing to see!
Although it would win a prize for dull, unobtrusive plumage, my best was still Lesser Elaenia- a local species in Costa Rica.
I had to wait till Monday for my best bird, a Fork-tailed Flycatcher that was found in central New Jersey on Saturday. I was lazy on that day and spent an hour in the rain waiting for it Sunday morning and then again Sunday late afternoon, but finally saw the bird Monday afternoon. FTFLs are worth three trips, right? And, I saw many of my NJ birding compadres, though it was tough recognizing some in our sogginess.
I’m new to cape cod and very amateur bird feeder bird watcher: this week i saw my first ever white-throated sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, and eastern towhee! what a special bird watching week!