At long last, we can put all that stuffing and gratitude behind us. The only thing we Americans, a curious people to be sure, love more than a holiday is the next holiday. If you haven’t already transitioned from turkeys to French hens and turtle doves, you’ll falling behind the rest of us…

I’m terribly grateful for all the amazing seasonal birds I saw this weekend, but none more than the Glaucous Gull that winged by while a group of us waited fruitlessly for a formerly abiding King Eider to turn up. What made this white-winged gull special was, first, that I identified it on the wing and got the group on it and, second, that this happened to be a lifer, though I didn’t realize it at the time. Corey had an easy time deciding what his Best Bird of the Weekend was. After all, he got a new bird for Queens this weekend, a Western Tanager! The long-staying bird had been in the vicinity of the Alley Pond Environmental Center for nearly two weeks and it took Corey four tries but he finally saw the bird!

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.