Global Big Day 2017 is in the books, with 15,954 participants submitting 40,698 checklists to eBird accounting for 6,068 species… so far. What a weekend for birders all over the world. I hope you were able to be a part of the festivities.

Despite poor conditions, I was able to add a few FOY migrants on Global Big Day, including a snazzy Cape May Warbler (like this one) at Cobbs Hill Park. Corey had no problem choosing his Best Bird of the Weekend this weekend as he managed to see a new bird for him in his home borough of Queens! He almost missed the bird though, as while seawatching during the nor’easter at Fort Tilden with Brooklyn-based birder Shane Blodgett the wind, rain, and cool temperatures conspired to cause Corey to shiver. He gave up seawatching and headed out, only to get a call from Shane within minutes that a Sooty Shearwater was flying past. The rapid u-turn and speeding back to Shane’s position probably broke several laws but Corey didn’t care: he got his shearwater!

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.