Midsummer means shorebirding in these parts. Some of you may be stifling a yawn at the very thought of parsing peeps, while others may be thrilled that those little brown beachcombers have finally found your part of the world. Either way, birders gotta bird, so make the most of whatever the season offers.

I heard about some extraordinary (for Rochester) shorebirds up at Braddock Bay, but all I earned for my efforts this weekend were a few Semipalmated Sandpipers. Corey spent time on both Saturday and Sunday morning looking at shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Though he didn’t find anything particularly noteworthy he did enjoy seeing lots of Stilt Sandpipers which he decided was his Best Bird of the Weekend. There are more than one in the photo above: can you find them all?

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.