After the annual series of false starts — end of spring migration, first scorcher of the season, etc. — the longest day of the year has come and gone, leaving true summer in its golden wake. At least that’s the story on this side of the equator. You may be battening down for imminent winter storms, but around here we’re waxing our surfboards and gorging fresh strawberries. So how was your weekend?
My best bird of the weekend was a lovely clutch of baby American Robins being attended to by their parents. The kids and I enjoyed observing these chicks while we were visiting my father-in-law; interestingly, this brood is weeks behind other ones in this area, a testament to the inclement microclimate at the home of the infamous Chicken Inferno. Corey encountered many cool seabirds on Long Island this weekend, the best of which he deemed Roseate Tern.
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.
There was an Emperor Penguin washed up on North island last week, and on Thursday I went to see it (I’m counting it as the weekend as I wasn’t working Thursday or Friday). It was my first ever twitch! I saw it, and so my best birds of the weekend was….
…the Shore Plovers I saw on the way back. They were so good I went back the following day and took a friend. Although I would have to give an honourable mention to … the two Little Spotted Kiwi I heard calling in Karori Wildlife Sanctuary from my house last night.
8 Common Scoter at Chew Valley Lake, Somerset UK.
Although they stayed in the middle of the lake, as they do, it was the best views I have had of this duck which have mostly been of single birds flying along the coast.
I saw Lark Buntings skylarking for the first time at Medicine Lake NWR (Montana) yesterday, it destroyed me.
I was riding the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday and found a lifer Purple Finch (where have they been all my life?) and got my first decent look at a White-headed Woodpecker.
Ducks, ducks and more ducks-a trip to Herdsman Lake in Perth-weekend away! Pink-eared ducks and Australian Shoveler were the best.