Weekends are like opinions: everyone has one, but you usually need to go online to find people who want to hear about yours. The same analogy applies to bird sightings, but here we are, so let’s hear what you saw this weekend!

This is about the time of year American Goldfinches look their sharpest, especially when artfully staged atop one of my purple coneflowers. Corey went out onto the East Pond at Jamaica Bay both mornings this weekend and saw bunches of great birds. Normally, one of the two species that were new for him for the year (in this case, Least Bittern and Western Sandpiper) would be his Best Bird of the Weekend. But the amazingly leucistic Bank Swallow (Sand Martin if you prefer British English) that allowed Corey to digiscope it was simply too weird to not be the Best Bird of the Weekend!

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.