You may not have noticed, but this blog has been acting uncharacteristically lackadaisical this weekend. Many potential reasons spring to mind, but one possibility might be the same end-of-summer mania that seems to have infected me and everyone around me. Here in the United States, students and their families are no more than two weeks from the beginning of school, notwithstanding those poor kids who have already commenced their academic year. The impending end of summer inspired anxiety, regret, and frenzy as people try to make the most of life before Labor Day weekend. That’s probably why the blog is acting funny, don’t you think?
The best bird of my weekend was Yellow-rumped Warbler: I was pleased to spy an adult feeding a streaky youngster at Mendon Ponds while my own youngsters were exploring Indian Pipes and ant colonies. Corey is likely hard-pressed to pick a top bird from his European vacation, so let’s not pressure him.
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.
My best bird of the weekend was a Black and White Warbler, which I saw at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver, Canada.
The B&W is a rare bird here, it shows up less than annually. I was happy because usually I don’t find rarities unless I have been told in advance that they are hanging around, but this one I just stumbled upon without warning.
My best bird wasn’t mine, it was my 4-year old grand daughter’s. She called me to tell me she had gotten a field journal. I asked her what it was for and she told me, “writing down birds.” (Nevermind she can’t write yet.) 🙂
She and her daddy went to Sapsucker Woods and found a Green Heron, among other things.
Once again, I’d have to say a Rhinoceros Auklet. They are just so amazing to watch as they dive for quite a long time and bring up fish hanging from their bills!
I’ll stretch the definition of “weekend” so I can cite the lifer Great Crested Flycatcher seen (and heard!) yesterday at Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Chicgo. Props also to the guy who was able to ID the female Indigo Bunting.
@Paul my b&w warbler this year was a surprise as well. he popped up when I was calling a red start but I sure wasn’t disappointed. thier at the top of my favz list bc they r just amazing to watch.
so my best bird was the constellation of starlings that have bin feeding in my yard. it took some effort to figure what they wer as my field guide only showed eurasian in full male splendor.
A little late to this post and last weekend seems so far away. My best birds were the 20-plus Black Terns I saw at Mecox Inlet, Southampton, NY Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. I remember when I was thrilled to see my lifer Black Tern at Jamaica Bay, I never thought I would see more than one in one place.