Hot enough for you? If you’re suffering through a sweltering patch of record summer heat, you may feel much as Ralph Waldo Emerson did when he penned this line: “When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.”

But is it ever too hot or too cold to get out and look at some birds?

My Best Bird(s) of the Weekend were a trio of cranes, presumably Sandhills, crossing high above the interstate as I drove out of Michigan.  Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was his second Purple Martin ever in Queens. David Ringer, who recently moved to New York City, spotted it and was immediately confused by the jubilation this common bird caused in the Queens birders with whom he was birding. Just so you know, Purple Martin is not an easy bird in Queens.

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.