What a weekend. My daughter’s birthday week (yes, we celebrate full weeks and more in my household) began with a bang and a rainbow cake, followed by some heinous plumbing problems. My house still smells like sulfuric acid, which came from the plumbing problem, not the cake! Fortunately, I didn’t have to go far to see my best birds of the weekend. While waiting for the fumes in my kitchen to vent, I could enjoy lots of Bay-breasted Warblers from my yard. By their unexpected numbers and activity, I wouldn’t be surprised if they we’re planning on breeding here. Wouldn’t that be something?

Corey’s best bird of the weekend was a Grasshopper Sparrow in Queens, his first ever in his (adopted) home borough. He did not get a picture due to heavy fog, but had much better luck in the Ammodramus savannarum department last spring in the Shawangunks:

Corey also wanted it to be known that his folks visited today and they both enjoyed close-range looks at a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. What do you make of that, Jochen?

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.