How was your weekend? Any good birds? Tell us about your best bird.
I had a fantastic time at the Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, OH this weekend. Though the focus of the symposium was lectures and discussion, just about all of us dropped what we were doing to catch a glimpse of an errant Kirtland’s Warbler. It only took me two visits to add this solitary female or first year male to my life list! Corey’s best bird of the weekend was also a warbler, a Mourning one hanging out at Alley Pond Park amid a host of neotropical migrants. Charlie was quite partial to the Spotted Flycatcher in the garden, his first for 2009 after only one in 2008.
What was your best bird of the weekend? Tell us about the rarest, loveliest, or most interesting bird you observed in the comments section. Plus, if you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, I invite you to include the link in your comment.
Congrats on the Kirtland’s!
Neat bird and a good picture, too.
My best bird was a European Marsh Harrier. Not rare or anything but in an urban environment, it was nice to see one flying over town.
Wow!!! Saves you a trip to Michigan too. I had hear about the bird there and wondered if you had seen it. Congrats.
My best birds were 2 Lark Sparrows at Sandy Hook.
@ Patrick: what do you mean “saves you a trip to Michigan too”.
I think 10,000Birds should feature a “in praise of [enter state/province or country of choice]” month where people would write about their favourite birding state/province/country.
The www would be flooded to complete collapse by people describing the birding wonders of Michigan!
My best bird of the weekend was a long desired Sepia-capped Flycatcher… but those Orange-collared Manakins were cute
The Kirtland’s was sighted just as I was getting in my car to head back to NYC. I was STILL IN LAKESIDE.
I spent the rest of the weekend seething.
@Patrick – believe it or not, we’re in the middle of planning a trip to Michigan in summer 2010. Guess I’ll have to go see KIWAs in their jack pine breeding grounds.
@Jan – I saw your manakin photo. Cute indeed.
@OC – we missed each other at the MBS. Hopefully next time…
My bird of the weekend was some Fluttering Shearwaters hanging just offshore in Wellington Harbour. I guess they are getting ready for the breeding season.
The best bird of the weekend was a beautiful female Western Tanager and a covey of Chukar at Spring Ranch State Park outside of Las Vegas.