To all you hardy naturalists who have already logged Christmas Bird Count hours in service to citizen science, I salute you! Winter has come early and often to Western NY. In the face of endless snow, all I want to do is seek shelter, warmth, and booze. Those of you willing to eschew creature comforts to tally birds across your ice-rimed count circles are my heroes. Share your CBC stories here!

One of the only upsides of this winter wonderland I’m trapped in is the appearance of cold season specialties like the handsome Rough-legged Hawk I spotted this weekend.  Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend could have been either his first Harlequin Duck or his first Glaucous Gull of the year. But he really appreciated the Surf Scoters he saw at Shinnecock Inlet out in Suffolk County on Long Island on Saturday so he chose that species. Of course, he sent this to me before he did his Queens County Christmas Bird Count on Sunday so who knows what his actual Best Bird of the Weekend was!

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.