The last weekend of August reminds us that the seasons don’t only carry phenological significance. As eager as birders are for the beginning of fall migration, many parents are even more excited (some would say desperate) for the start of school. Yes, this is a big week in my part of the world!

As feared, work kept me from appreciating the richness of avian diversity in western New York, but luckily a juvenile Baltimore Oriole crossed my path to provide something fun to observe. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend could have been any of a multitude of species spotted on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Baird’s Sandpiper, Gull-billed Tern, and Northern Waterthrush are all nice birds but the trio of juvenile Black Terns foraging all over the pond, often doing close fly-bys, took the prize this week.

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.