The title of warmest year on record currently belongs to 2014, but the crown may pass in just a few weeks to the present year. Considering how cold the area I live in usually is, this balmy December suits me fine. But I wonder how these trends are impacting every other species on Earth… yes, sometimes I can think of someone besides myself!
I sauntered out in the spring-like weather to track down Bonaparte’s Gulls, which had somehow managed to elude me. Not anymore! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was either of the two Cackling Geese that he found at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens on Sunday morning. It was a tough call though, as two Eurasian Wigeon, a whole bunch of Redhead, the first Common Goldeneye of the season, and a nice American Kestrel were all in the running as well.
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.
Great views of Buffleheads, pintails, and Green-winged Teal always make my weekend! Especially in full sunlight!
An unseasonably warm start to the winter up here in Ottawa let me get to 32 species on my winter list this weekend, including such notable birds as Long-tailed Duck, Common Loon, and especially Bullock’s Oriole!
Dozens of Common Goldeneyes, the only seabirds brave enough to be out in the storm with 35 mph winds here on the Olympic Peninsula!
Best for me was my year White-fronted Nunbird at Finca Luna Nueva- close to the same spot where Corey, Mike, and I saw them last year.
Lifer Brewer’s Duck at Heinz NWR in Philadelphia, on a walk led by Alvaro Jaramillo!