Summer, the season that we in the Northern Hemisphere are currently enjoying or suffering depending on your latitude and state of mind, is a time when birds often take a backseat to other diversions. But we naturalists notice them no matter what we’re doing.  Aren’t we lucky?

The birds I admired most this weekend were Barn Swallows swooping over strawberry fields. Ever think about how Barn Swallows always look like they belong, even though they are seen pretty much everywhere in the world? Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was one of the two life birds he spotted up on Mount Baldy in southern California. It is not often that Corey has the privilege of taking a chair lift to go birding but that is what he did and he was rewarded with several mountain species, including the gorgeous Green-tailed Towhee above, which is his Best Bird of the Weekend, narrowly beating out Dusky Flycatcher.

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.