Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere can congratulate ourselves on experiencing another August weekend. While experiences vary all the way along the spectrum from abysmal to divine, we all get a head start on superior when the weather is amazing. I hope most of you got the boost we did.
Ivy and I have been lucking out on a small pond–really a flooded field–that seems to attract the widest array of shorebirds in Monroe County, NY. Our third trip in three weekends resulted in our third new year bird, this one Semipalmated Sandpiper. Sounds tame, but that’s about as exciting as shorebirding usually gets in these parts 😉 Corey had a brief weekend visit with his folks in upstate New York and during that time made a couple of stops by the Great Vly, his favorite birding spot in his hometown. The highlight of those visits was a young Marsh Wren that was brazenly foraging in the cattails just off West Camp Road. It was easily his 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.
West Indian Woodpecker
I lead several field trips for the Tucson Audubon’s Southeast Arizona Bird Festival and we had so many great birds, but viewing a full family of Lucifer Hummingbirds, Mom feeding her two youngsters, and Dad displaying all around her was just amazing!
Bar-breasted Firefinch for me. First in a few years, so a welcome sight.