We’re getting some steamy temps in the temperate zone I live in, which confirms every other sign that summer is here. Maybe those of you on the southern side of the world experienced more of a chill than you’ve been used to. It’s way too early in the season to complain, though, so join me in smiling through the sweat 🙂

A ridiculous home improvement project combined with the sensational Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kept me out of the places rare birds reside, but that’s not a problem. I haven’t yet mentioned how thrilled I am once Chimney Swifts return to regularly twittering overhead; for the record, I’m very thrilled. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Ruff at Jamaica Bay. Originally found on Saturday, it was refound very early in the morning by Corey on the East Pond from very long range, as the record shot above shows. Sadly, it took off before others could arrive and share the sighting.

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.