April showers most assuredly bring May flowers in the more temperate portions of the Northern Hemisphere. Alas, these gentle rains may not always speed spring migrants on their way to breeding grounds far from the equator. Any luck this weekend?

The ridiculous cold afflicting the northeastern U.S. seems to have chilled the rush of migrants around here. We got out to Lucien Morin during a break in the rain and saw nothing more seasonal than Red-winged Blackbirds claiming their individual patches of marshland. Corey could have chosen one of the several new birds for the year he saw as his Best Bird of the Weekend. But while the Ovenbird was nice after a long winter without them and the White-eyed Vireo doing its distinctive song was also a pleasure, neither of them nor any of the other new birds for the year really did it for Corey this weekend. At least, not as much as the Ruby-crowned Kinglet he watched forage for a good ten minutes on Saturday morning. It helps that the kinglet was in nice light, foraging just above the ground, and had no fear. Now that’s a bird that is worthy of Best Bird of the Weekend!

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.