While you enjoyed the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day, did you stop to wonder why so few birds wear green plumage? Based on how naturally parrots and leafbirds (the real ones in Asia, not the figments that plague birders in every country) blend into foliage, I’d imagine that most arboreal avian species would want the same advantages. Does anyone know why we don’t have more truly green birds?

Of course, a green bird wouldn’t fare well in these parts, where the trees are still leafless and rimed with frost. In spite of the resurgent winter weather, our birds of spring have arrived. The first Turkey Vulture of the year is definitely the best one! Corey enjoyed a spring like outing on Sunday morning, adding eight species to his Queens year list. Of them all, his favorite was the pair of Piping Plovers he found at dawn on Rockaway Beach. Either of the two is easily his Best Bird of the Weekend.

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.

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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.