I’ve learned a thing or two about winter birding since I’ve moved to a place with an abundance of winter. First and foremost, not every weekend offers ideal conditions for spotting snow birds, but a little patience almost guarantees that the right conditions come along. Did your patience pay off this weekend?

Ivy and I went out to spot Snow Buntings and Horned Larks, and, by George, we spotted Snow Buntings and Horned Larks along with a single Lapland Longspur. I’ll give BBOTW honors to the buntings for their sheer plenitude. Corey enjoyed some time on the coast once again this weekend, especially on Sunday morning when seabirds put on a show just off the jetty at Breezy Point. Though the scoters, gulls, and Razorbills were all great, none of them could match the majesty of the Northern Gannets, which easily were Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend.

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.