All standard calendars include a 4th day of July, but we in the United States place just a bit more emphasis on recognizing that date. Ellen DeGeneres ?astutely identified one of the most important things about being an American – 3-day weekends. Hope you lived up your 4th of July weekend, no matter how many days it entailed.

I explored a couple of amazing new areas this weekend and was rewarded with a luscious Least Bittern in flight along Sodus Bay. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one he enjoys seeing every summer on New York’s beaches, the Piping Plover. This endangered species nests all along the south shore of Long Island and Corey was fortunate enough to see six on Friday morning at Rockaway Beach, including two fluffy youngsters.

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.