Here in the U.S., we’re still on the more temperate side of Memorial Day, after which summer unofficially begins and one may wear white shoes with impunity. Yet if you roasted this weekend like we did in western New York, you’re probably a little scared of what July and August will look like! Save your fears for another day, since May is as magical a month as there is. Hope you made the most of a precious May weekend…
I took my kids down to the family gravel pit for some fishing. Happily, both of them caught their first fish (sunnies, naturally) and subsequently released them. I caught glimpses of lots of fine, fine birds including a heroic Killdeer protecting a nest and my first Willow Flycatcher of the season. Corey, who undoubtedly spent his entire weekend in the field just to trump me, includes not just Willow but the entire suite of downstate New York breeding flycatchers – all eight of them – as his collective Best Bird of the Weekend.
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.
I have a horrible feeling I whiffed on something really good this week – got the briefest of views of what looked like it might be a vagrant shrike only for it to completely disappear and then spent 30 minutes trying to refind it and failing. urgh.
I went on an evening bird walk with a local birder club. We waited until after the sunset to hear the whip-poor-wills calling. That was exciting to listen to.
Nothing rare or overly exciting, but I spent a while watching a family of coots on the lake near me, with a friend. 2 parents and 5 chicks…so cute and fluffy!
Was a bit of a slow weekend, and for someone up Canada way its probably no big deal but we had a late Canada Warbler in Austin and he was very pretty: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanpaulkelley/7234993312/in/photostream plus a Yellow-billed Cuckoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanpaulkelley/7234993446/in/photostream
I’m was in Houston for my son’s graduation and saw two Yellow-crowned Night Herons, one at Huntsville state park on the drive down and the other flying over the apartment complex. Also, saw my second-ever Loggerhead Shrike.
Nothing too special, but I heard my FOY Eastern Wood-pewee. Also, got a close-up view of a Red-winged Blackbird’s nest in some tall grass, complete with four baby-blue eggs. So cool!
I’ve been watching some Barn Swallows for about a week as they fly down low along the beach and then up high over the beach. They are amazing to watch as they weave and dance through the sky.
A Sora of all birds crossing the road in downtown Baltimore. Thought it was a starling until it turned around.
Three-wattled Bellbirds filling the air near Sam Ramon, Costa Rica with their awesome, bellish sounds.
Golden-winged Warbler in Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area in Tennessee. Hooded Warbler soon thereafter in woods behind Roan Mountain Visitor Center. Both were life birds.
Amongst the thrushes we came upon a Pileated Woodpecker foraging on the ground in the Nature Study Woods in New Rochelle, New York.