I don’t know which legislative branch to appeal to, but there ought to be a law that mandates life birds on a birder’s birthday. Perhaps we should require lifers on anyone’s birthday. Sure beats cake!
I spent several hours of an otherwise excellent weekend dipping multiple times on a rare ABA Tufted Duck. Fortunately, Conesus Lake holds all manner of superb waterfowl, including more Common Loons in breeding plumage than I’ve ever seen at one time. That’s a win in my book. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a cooperative Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that contentedly foraged while Corey digiscoped. Not bad!
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.
This is a bit late, but as of 9 April, 2016, the White-Winged doves are arriving en masse in Mesa, Arizona. I’ve heard a few scouts in Scottsdale where I live, but a trip down the US 60 freeway told me that the white-wings are here! They’re like me, in that they actually migrate into the heat. Bring on summer!
Three Surfbirds foraging at low tide on boulders just off shore with a small flock of Black Turnstones here on the Olympic Peninsula.
With out any question, mine has to be the Large-billed Sparrow Passerculus rostratus. I am stll not sure if this sub of the Savannah Sparrow is considered a fully separate species yet or not, but I was excited to find them, and get some photos! These birds were found at the 2000 foot level, in the Sierra De La Laguna Biosphere.
Sounds like a fine law to me. My best bird was a Black and white Becard at the excellent Locos por el Bosque cloud forest in Coronado, Costa Rica.