Summer often means vacation. Vacations mean travel. Travel means new ecosystems. New ecosystems mean new birds. See why I love summer?

My travels with family to the coast of Virginia have already yielded a bevy of birds I usually only see once a year. But one I’ve had to wait much longer than that to see again was Wilson’s Plover, a rarity this far north. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was any of the many Blackburnian Warblers foraging in the hemlock trees around his campsite in the Catskill Mountains. Though there were quite a few birds with fledglings – Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, and Cedar Waxwings to name a few – the Blackburnian Warblers were easily the best.

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.