Now that we’ve gotten February out of the way, the time has come to face facts: the next mass migration is not that far off. Is it too soon to start reviewing warbler songs?
My best bird sighting this weekend was a Red-tailed Hawk, significant not just because these common raptors always command respect but because of what this particular bird had in its mouth: nesting material! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an out-of-place Common Merganser that looked very confused as to how it ended up in the only bit of open water by a fountain in a golf course pond in Corey’s hometown of Saugerties. The Mute Swans and Mallards that were sharing the hot tub-sized patched of water looked similarly confused about the merganser.
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.
Nothing over the weekend, but a beautiful Redwing perched in a tree just outside my office in Heidelberg/Germany this morning was truly a treat!
Frank and I had a remarkably productive short visit to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, on Sunday: red-necked grebes, vesper sparrow, Ipswich sparrow. But the best were the big scoter flocks loafing in close to shore.
Get a few of those to linger this spring! I haven’t seen one for two years, and need my fix.
Hi Rick! Will you be in Europe this spring? Well, they have just started their migration north and will be around until the end of April. But as you surely know, you’ll need a bit of luck – or a big flock of Fieldfares!
A yellow-bellied sapsucker who spent most of an icy afternoon working up and down our hickory tree.
A Pacific Wren singing in a mixed conifer forest here on the Olympic Peninsula. What a beautiful (and long) song!
A lifer Von Schrenck’s Bittern was the only highlight of a very quiet Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore.
Mine was a female White-crested Coquette near Carara during a two day hummingbird extravaganza- 35 species and missed one of the most common.