As spring migration heats up across the northern hemisphere every weekend is bringing more first-of-season birds through parks and backyards. Of course, these sightings will only matter to you unless you decide to share your best bird of the weekend.
My best birds were the Tree Swallows swooping with vernal abandon over a local pond. Clearly great minds think alike, as Corey’s favorites were his first-of-the-ear Barn Swallows and Bank Swallow at Flushing Meadows Park in the drizzlymist Saturday morning. Charlie may be too busy enjoying the clear skies over his home to pay attention to birds.
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.
Without a shadow of a doubt, a Skylark singing high above the runway of Heathrow Airport. Only audible because of the grounded planes.
Despite some nice scarcer birds (e. g. Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Kite, flava-Yellow Wagtails, and Meadow Pipit) the best bird of the weekend was a common and “ordinary” Eurasian Blackbird for a very special reason:
FOY tree swallows. Beautiful, graceful, and most welcome.
The first Redstarts, Prairie, Prothonotary and Black and White Warblers were nice, but I have to go with the first Black-throated Blue Warblers, just cause it’s my favorite.
Greater Roadrunner running across the road into a field of bluebonnets. I love Texas in the springtime.
my first red-necked grebe, spotted through a generous stranger’s scope.
FOS Chipping Sparrows.
A Brown Thrasher, seen in Arbor (MI) last saturday during a training run
The female Mountain Bluebird I found at Jericho Park in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon. Mountain Bluebirds are rare on the coast even in migration and it was the first one I’d ever seen in the area. Pretty bird too.
Spotted Owl! I hadn’t seen one before, so I was pretty pumped. What a gorgeous bird. http://nutcase007.blogspot.com/2010/04/spotted-owl.html
As far as migrants, still pretty low key here but the we did see a Palm Warbler .
Piping Plover, Sandy Hook, NJ. “Stop playing in the sand. Go nest and multiply!” I told it.
I was sick this wekend, but as I sat at my desk I saw a Grey Warbler in a flock of New Zealand Fantails and Silvereyes. They are such cute little birds.
My best bird for this past weekend was probably Zeledonia or “Wrenthrush”. I got the usual brief looks at a pair of these interesting, highland, regional endemics on the continental divide near Poas Volcano in Costa Rica.
Best bird of the weekend would probably be Mantled Hawk during a quick birding extension to a business trip in Rio
Best bird: At Jamaica Bay, Mr. Osprey on his way home with a disconcerted fish in his claws….