If you live anywhere along the Mid-Atlantic Coast up to Maine, you’re probably happy that the weekend is over for a change. Hurricane Irene really delivered the pain to so many coastal cities and communities. But as Irene taketh with one 500 mile wide hand, she giveth with the other… assuming you’re a birdwatcher. To birders who survived her wild wake were showered gifts of rare terns and tropicbirds!

Corey’s best birds of the weekend may be his best birds of the year in the NYC Metro area: read all about his life Band-rumped Storm-petrelLeach’s Storm-petrel, Bridled Tern, and Sooty Tern along with other gaudy sightings in his account of Hurricane Irene Birding in New York. My own Solitary Sandpiper sighting seems paltry in comparison.

Where some might dwell on billions of dollars in property damage and lost productivity, birders see mega-opportunity!

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.