Red-winged Blackbird by David J. Ringer

Birding during quiet periods can sometimes feel like you’re trying to make something out of nothing. Persevere and take heart in the knowledge that there is always something. All we have to do is find it.

King Eiders appear sporadically in the Rochester area during the winter months, but, so far this season, I’ve been striking out on seeing one. Can’t say that anymore after spying an immature male hanging with the rest of the winter waterfowl at Irondequoit Bay. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was actually a large flock of birds, a horde of Red-winged Blackbirds, his first large flock of them since fall. It’s nice to see a sign of spring in early February!

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.