10,000 Birds is inviting birders and bloggers to think back and write something about their best bird of 2012. It’s Saturday evening as I write this, but when it goes up on my blog it’ll be Monday and I’ll be on my way back to Arizona for the holidays.
My best bird of the year… there were several good ones to choose from! There was the single Pine Grosbeak in the ornamental tree in front of the bank one day in January, the Saw-whet Owl calling from the dark woods in March, the one Boreal Chickadee mixed in with a flock of Black-caps in the bog in September. There was the distant family of Whooping Cranes at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. There were others that weren’t new to my life list but were great all the same, like the Blackburnian Warbler that got up close and personal on my birthday or the 10,000 Sandhill Cranes we saw in a glance at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.
I think my official Best Bird of 2012, though, was (finally, finally seeing) the Burrowing Owl. I kept missing them for years. I was the only one who didn’t see one my summer in Saskatchewan. A colony of them disappeared from the Gilbert Water Ranch just before we started going birding there. However, as regular readers will remember, I finally defeated my nemesis bird over Thanksgiving break at Veterans Oasis Park Chandler, Arizona.
What about you? What was your best bird (or best anything nature-related) this year?