Summer weekends might not offer as many birds as other times of year, but they certainly offer the best conditions for enjoying whatever might be found. Nothing beats cracking open a cold one on a hot day and watching waves of fledgling yard birds suck our feeders dry.

Sara and I were thrilled to find that an Eastern Screech-Owl visited us late at night. That eerie whinny drew us out of bed, but we were more focused on not freaking out the neighbors than we were on laying eyes on the bird. That’s why you get an Audubon print rather than a real photo! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was easy to decide: his lifer Black-billed Magpie just outside of Denver. His second magpie was cool too, as was his third, fourth, fifth and sixth. By his fifteenth or so he was pretty ok with not seeing any for a bit…

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.

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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.