While Americans gear up for the face-stuffing family time that is Thanksgiving the rest of the world looks on in horror as the Trump administration starts to take shape. Will 2016 never end? Will you survive Thanksgiving with your politically opposite family? Will anything survive four years of Trump?

Both Mike and I were eminently pleased that Trump’s wall has not yet been built and we hope that the wall, if it is ever built, will not be tall enough to keep vagrant birds from getting into the United States.  After all, vagrants are merely the avian form of immigrants and we should welcome them with open arms. For the first time in memory, we both chose the same bird for our Best Bird of the Weekend, the long-staying Pink-footed Goose at Hendrickson Park in Nassau County. In Mike’s case, it was a lifer. In Corey’s case, it was the second time in three weeks that this marvelous goose took the honors. Wouldn’t our birding be less fun if Hendrickson Park held only Canada Geese?

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 Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.