The year 2016 has just surrendered its first month to the abyss of time, leaving lingering memories of January warmth in its wake. Thus, your birding year is one-twelfth over; happy with your year list so far?
I’m happier now that I’ve added Short-eared Owl, never an easy sighting for me. As you can see from the feature pic, my lousy owl luck precluded me from getting too close to one of these crepuscular hunters. Even better was spying the owl getting snippy with a Northern Harrier while other harriers displayed a array of gorgeous plumage variations. Corey wasn’t really feeling it this weekend and spent his time contemplating the perverse charisma of Rock Pigeons.
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.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl, which is breeding in a former quarry 500 m away from my office in Heidelberg (Germany) is back on ist nest since Sunday!
Vermilion Flycatcher seen in St. Mark’s NWR in Florida was the best bird we saw this weekend.
Cool owl, amidst a flurry of year birds recorded at Laguna del Lagarto in northern Costa Rica, my best of the weekend goes to White-fronted Nunbird.
I promise I won’t forget to send you my BBOTW again! Pigeons! Nooooo! The Red-necked Grebe that flew past at Fort Tilden was so much better!
Eighteen Black Oystercatchers foraging for limpets on our local beach here on the Olympic Peninsula. I was thrilled, because the most I’ve ever seen before was eight!
Short-ears in my area are strictly 5-minutes-before-full-dark sightings. I envy people who see them in any degree of light.
I explored into the hills above Albany NY this weekend looking for Red Crossbills Found them (lifer #1!) when the woods suddenly went quiet and an accipiter the size of a WWII bomber glided just over the treetops.. Northern Goshawk, lifer #2!
Female Western Tanager found by friends who notified me so I could share with everyone on a Winter Wildlife Festival trip on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach.