The long Columbus Day weekend still sails on here in the United States, so if you haven’t found a worthy bird to report for the weekend yet, you may still have time…
This weekend also marks the point in the year where I stop taking Turkey Vultures for granted, which made me enjoy the many spotted soaring overhead. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a surprising Sora in a very unlikely location – Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. The bird was found late on Friday and Corey made the trip there on Saturday afternoon with Desi. It took a bit, but decent looks were gotten at the bird as it crept through the ornamental plantings by the southeast corner of the lawn.
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.
On a short camping trip this still-too-hot past weekend, I saw my first Common Yellowthroat in the thick vegetation at the edge of the lake. I immediately saw the black mask, but it didn’t stay in the open very long, sad to say.
Green Heron, and more…Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and Great Egret. All at my favourite heron watching spot. They were all obligingly close allowing me to take lots of pictures. The full story on this and many other encounters at http://www.mybirdoftheday.ca
My best bird had been shaping up as likely my last-of-season male American Redstart foraging in the Art Institute of Chicago’s garden. But that was easily trumped by a Coopers Hawk putting the fear of God into some pigeons along the Chicago River. Great looks at a super bird!
@Corey: A Sora in Bryant Park? Wow. You should keep a separate Bryant Park list, because so many oddballs seem to turn up there!
A White-tailed Kite in Marin County, CA. Amazing when they hover!
Our first returning Dollarbird from the north….here to breed during our Wet Season!