September has arrived, bringing the first waves of a new season of migration. Millions of birds around the world are making moves. Will you move with them?

I spent the last week in Alaska chasing all kinds of excitement but finding fewer birds than I’d hoped. The weekend found me in the Fairbanks area, where the dominant bird right now has to be Sandhill Cranes. From Creamer’s Field to the University of Alaska campus, these big, gregarious birds bugle their presence proudly as they pass through town. Corey enjoyed birding around Queens both weekend mornings, seeing a wide variety of fall migrants. Though the surprising flyover Common Nighthawk in the middle of the morning nearly took the prize, it couldn’t beat an exceedingly confiding Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Alley Pond Park, Corey’s first of the year and his first photographed in Queens. That easily makes it his Best Bird of the Weekend!

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.