While most of my fellow Americans are laboring through a long weekend, most of the world has already bid adieu to the last of August. This may not bode well for kids still blessedly unencumbered by homework, books, and teachers’ dirty looks, but the birders among us can look forward to a marked improvement in avian action in September.

Ivy and I scored some rare vagrants at Montezuma NWR–which has been awful for shorebirds this summer–best of which was her first American White Pelican chilling in the same score view as a Sandhill Crane. Corey finished up his family trip to Costa Rica on Saturday and his Best Bird of the Weekend should be a Pacific Screech-Owl outside of his hotel on Friday night, a lifer! But he didn’t get a picture of that bird and if we stretch the definition of weekend to include Thursday we can make Lesser Ground-Cuckoo his Best Bird of the Weekend, a bird of which he did manage to get a decent image.

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.