This new year already appears to be auspicious for eagles. Not only did I pick up my life Golden Eagle on New Year’s Day, but now the Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl. Maybe my perspective is biased, but if you’re feeling left out, you should be making 2018 your Year of the Eagle as well.

Of course I saw tons of Bald Eagles chilling on the ice at Irondequoit Bay, but the bird that thrilled me most this weekend was my second Northern Shrike for the year. Corey had some good birding in Queens this weekend but nothing topped his third-ever sighting of a Tundra Swan in his home borough. This cooperative bird was found on Saturday in one of the openings in the ice at the south end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Corey went and saw it on Sunday.

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.