2 January 2023
Think about the birds you saw last weekend. What species was your Last Bird of 2022? What was your First Bird of 2023? Did you have a Best Bird?
Perhaps your Last and First birds were at your feeders. Mourning doves are often last of the day because they wait until near darkness to race to their roost.
First Bird may have been a northern cardinal that’s not afraid to come out in the half light of dawn.
My own sightings were larger species.
Last Bird of 2022: American crows seen while counting 20,000 of them flying to the roost.
First Bird of 2023: A red-tailed hawk flying above Fifth Avenue while I drove out to go birding in Lawrence County. I saw six more red-tails on my journey north.
Best Bird was a surprise. As our birding group paused on Plain Grove Road in Lawrence County a flock of 55 tundra swans flew over in a perfect V. (Steve Gosser photographed these in 2012.)
Last Bird? First Bird? Best Bird? Tell me what you saw.
(photos from Wikimedia Commons, Chuck Tague, Cris Hamilton, Kate St. John and Steve Gosser)