Killdeer chicks

Wow, the generally temperate Finger Lakes Region has been burning up this summer, though not quite the way Northern California has been. We’re all feeling the impact of one of the hottest summers on record in big swaths of the United States and beyond. Forget how about how you’re holding up… how are the birds doing?

The more exotic shorebirds that frequent the Rochester area have successfully eluded me for yet another region. Luckily, I could enjoy a glimpse of common yet adorable Killdeer chicks, which you may struggle to see in the photo above. Killfawns! Corey spent the weekend in lovely Chenango County out in the wilds of of the Susquehanna Valley. His Best Bird of the Weekend was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that had turned a crabapple tree into its personal convenience store. There didn’t seem to be a single square inch of the tree that didn’t have a drill hole!

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.