The end of January, undistinguished at least from a holiday perspective, means different things to different people in different parts of the world. For me, the end of this long, cold month signals the beginning of the end of my patience for cold weather. Which will give out first: winter or my tolerance of winter? If you know me, you already know the answer…

Nonetheless, winter means winter ducks in these parts, so I rambled up to Lake Ontario to see if I could scare up some scoters. None of those cold-weather waterfowl turned up while I was freezing my face off, but a hundred or so Long-tailed Ducks made the trip worthwhile. In that same vein, Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was any of the twelve Snow Buntings he and his friend Seth spotted as they walked the beach at Breezy Point. Snow Buntings are fun birds any time and especially when they are the first of the year for the checklist!

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.

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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.