It is truly getting into the dog days of summer here in the northeastern United States. Temperatures in the nineties (Fahrenheit – global warming hasn’t gotten that bad yet!), humidity so thick you can practically swim through the air, and the sweet stench of urine in the New York City subway all combine to make life miserable.
To beat the heat I birded the coast on Sunday morning and was rewarded with expected birds of shore and sea. My Best Bird of the Weekend was any of the American Oystercatchers that were flying in flocks in some kind of territorial squabble that I could make neither heads nor tails of. Mike also tried to beat the heat by exploring the Adirondacks on a camping trip. He saw a ton of beautiful warblers in the Adirondacks this weekend, but his favorite sighting was a Common Loon in perfect summer plumage haunting Heart Lake.
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 or shared photos online, you should include a link in your comment.