We’ve entered that most wonderful time of the year… that’s right, it’s Christmas Bird Count season! Whether you celebrate with others or observe in spiritual solitude, we hope you have a plan to enjoy holiday cheer the way only birders can.
After dipping twice on the errant Black-legged Kittiwake that’s been this week’s bird de jour in Rochester, I’ll designate Red-throated Loon my best of a beautiful but unsurprising bunch of birds. Corey enjoyed scouting the Queens CBC and then doing it on Sunday. It was an awesome count, despite the mid-week snow wiping out some of the lingering species. Easily his Best Bird of the Weekend, as it was so unexpected, was an Osprey that flew over the Edgemere Landfill, a most surprising bird in the northeastern United States in winter.
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.
A Townsend’s Warbler, here on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.
The only Iceland Gull (Thayer’s) of the South Kitsap CBC was my best bird of the weekend.
Our CBC was cancelled, but my wife and I went out to do a bit of birding in our usual part of the count area (before the rain started). Best bird of the morning: Red-throated Loon! I don’t ever remember seeing one of those on a CBC.