These seasons of transition make for exciting birding. Best of all, your birds next weekend may be even better than what this weekend offered.
I was privileged to help my mother-in-law see her first Common Loon in its summer finery, but for me, the highlight amidst the myriad ducks and grebes was a new regiment of Ruddy Ducks in the waterfowl mix at Conesus Lake. Corey could have chosen any of several new birds for the year for him in New York for his Best Bird of the Weekend this weekend. But somehow Little Blue Herons, Brown Thrasher, and Forster’s Terns just didn’t do it. Instead, like every spring, Corey was charmed by the Tree Swallows defending their nest boxes at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge when he visited there Sunday morning.
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.
For various reasons I wasn’t able to get out birding this weekend, but instead spent as much time as I could watching Goldie the Allen’s Hummingbird prepare to leave her nest. (http://explore.org/live-cams/player/bella-hummingbird-nest)
I was lucky yesterday to see her hover her first tentative steps onto the branch, and 40 minutes ago was even luckier to be watching as she fledged!! She now appears to be gone for good. I teared up a bit but was also so grateful for the chance to watch this bird grow up right before my very eyes.
If you missed it, you can follow Goldie’s half-sister Rosie’s younguns as the go from their current pin feathers to first flights: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/rosie-hummingbird-nest
(Hat-tip to Mike for turning me on to this real-time video catnip!)
While I had a nice weekend out with the shorebirds, especially before they all leave and head north, nothing was really new or too exciting, so I have to go with the Wandering Tattlers, in full seasonal plumage.
Easy this time: a surprise rosy starling in Barcelona.