Most of us have heard the phrase, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” while imagining such infirmity only befalls lesser souls. Every once in a while, though, even the most indomitable birder has to sit on the sidelines due to illness or injury, no matter how rare or plentiful the action is. Amazing birds have been flying through Rochester airspace, but a foot problem has kept me out of the field. What a drag!

Despite my malady, I have been forced to drive far too much this weekend, which meant I could cross paths with a natty Northern Mockingbird, a sighting I always appreciate. Corey had a hard decision between an amazingly cooperative pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos or a stunningly non-secretive Sora for his Best Bird of the Weekend. He decided to go with the cuckoos, mostly because they were in better light. But it would be hard to argue against either as a choice for 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.

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.