I hope all of our American friends had a splendid Thanksgiving and extended weekend. Isn’t it funny how we call this holiday Turkey Day even though most barnyard poultry probably hate it? If gobblers could vote, they’d likely promote Tofurkey Day instead.

Whatever you want to call this time of year, it’s blowing beautiful birds to my part of the world. When you clean up all your winter birds–Northern Shrike and Purple Sandpiper–in late fall, what delights can you expect Santa to bring? Corey had a surprise bird this Saturday morning when a fellow Queens birder found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Forest Park. He hustled over there and got on the bird, only the third individual he’s seen in Queens, and the first since 2009! It was easily his 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.