For the 10,000 Birds Best Bird of the Year post:
With 21 life birds, 10 state birds, 5 county birds, and 6 city birds, not to mention reacquainting myself with an additional 310+ species, there’s lots to choose from.
So the runners up…
Massachusetts birds: Sage Thrasher (oops, never posted much about this one), Curlew Sandpiper
Waltham: Black and Common Tern
But the overall best bird of the year is a tie between