Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Did you see any birds that you particularly loved this weekend?

Here in New York City we suffered through our coldest period of the winter with wind chill values dipping well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. That coupled with my preparations for a departure for Puerto Rico late on Sunday means that I didn’t get much birding done. I still did get a Best Bird of the Weekend though, any of the several Hooded Mergansers I spotted a Flushing Meadows-Corona Park while failing to find a Greater White-fronted Goose that was seen on Wednesday and not reported until Friday night. The mergansers were nice but not as nice as a new bird for me in Queens would have been! Why can’t people report rarities in a timely way?

Mike’s best bird is the Hoopoe, the National Bird of Israel, spotted at the amazing Dor Beach Island Reserve.  The hoopoe might not be the rarest bird Mike has seen so far, but it has been long anticipated!


Mike’s Hoopoe

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 Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.