Seasons as chronological constructs often diverge dramatically from phenological cycles and observable changes resulting from Earth’s orbit around the Sun and axial tilt relative to the ecliptic plane. For example, here in the United States, we are heading into the unofficial final weekend of summer even though we all have weeks (some more than others) of heat and humidity. At the same time, many of our local birds have already started observing fall, which means some are already on the move. What does this mean for you this weekend? Simply that the most rational response is to enjoy whatever seasonal conditions prevail in your part of the world. Also, you may consider wearing white before the fashion police institute the annual ban!
I’ll be combing greater Rochester for interesting shorebirds and early migrants this weekend. Corey will be coming home from Costa Rica, hopefully prepared to share photos of particularly good bird sightings. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.