What’s better than a weekend with a big birding trip lined up? Not much, actually, but a weekend where you manage to finagle some quality birding despite lack of plans might come in a close second. But I’d still take the first option…

Nonetheless, I managed to fit in a stop at Montezuma NWR between meetings this weekend. Nothing surprising turned up, but I don’t see Tundra Swans often enough to be jaded about them. Corey, on the other hand, did not go birding a single time this weekend, an oddity he attributes to his continued recovery from his western sojourn. Despite his not going to the birds, the birds came to him and his Best Bird of the Weekend is a tie between a Cooper’s Hawk that tried to thin the neighborhood pigeon flock and a Baltimore Orioles that, oddly for late August, flew over his balcony while singing.

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.