Valentine’s Day on a Sunday delivers the perfect weekend for everyone who identifies as both a bird lover and a lovebird. Hope you made the most of it!

I thought for sure that Wild Turkeys on the wing would be the highlight of my birding weekend, but that we before I came upon a Barred Owl in broad daylight perched on a power line in Alma, NY. Apparently, this winter warrior has hunted the same farm field from the same vantage point for a couple of weeks now. Corey got out both mornings of the weekend, but his best outing by far was at Breezy Point on Saturday morning. He joined his pal Meryl who spotted a previously reported light morph Rough-legged Hawk as soon as she arrived and then, as they were leaving, she spotted a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. Seeing one in Queens is impressive but seeing two was mind-blowing! Before Saturday Corey had only seen two in Queens ever, one in 2013 and one in 2015.

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.