This weekend sees the end of the first twelfth of the Gregorian calendar year 2009. It also marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year 4706. Whether you follow a lunar, solar, or liturgical calendar, you only get so many weekends a year. Don’t squander a single one! What are your plans for this weekend and will you be watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
I’ll be hanging around Rochester waiting to see what comes our way. Redpolls, anyone? But the birds I’ll be watching most intensely will definitely be Cardinals… Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Corey will be roaming around NYC looking for birds and trouble. Charlie, lucky Charlie, will be in Mauritius this weekend. If this excursion is anything like his last one, we’re in for some astonishing trip reports!
Whatever you do this weekend, wherever you’re watching the big game, make time to enjoy Sky Watch Friday…
We end Parrot Month as we began it, with a Skywatch photo of Monk Parakeets in the urban wild.
These birds were snapped by Corey during his recent jaunt to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn
My wife and I are going to the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Hopinf for sunny skies and not so cold temps.
I’ll be scouting for a still unseen (by me anyway) harrier! Happy SWF by the way!
I saw a hawk out my kitchen window this morning, sitting on a stump. He flew away with a mouse hanging from his talons. I’ll be hoping to see him again and have a chance to identify him.
@John: I can vouch for how great (and how cold) gloucester can be. Enjoy your trip!
We will be birding Gainesville, Florida area…looking for the Harris sparrow and the Masked Duck…then off to the Pan handle.
I’ll be running around in the scrub at Archbold, playing with tame family groups of Florida Scrub-Jays.
I’ll be looking for Ivory Gulls in the triangle area of North Carolina.
Outlook not so good.
Flying to Washington State, actually. Maybe I’ll see something new!
I don’t break for birds (I go slow enough not to hit them), but I have a friend who when I drove with him back in high school was constantly scanning out the window for birds. He had a good eye, if not also being a good driver.
We are off to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I haven’t been birding in the western US, so I’m hoping for lots of new birds on my list.
I will be birding in the northwoods of Wisconsin, hoping to see the Varied Thrush reportedly wintering near Rhinelander. Will also be looking for WWCB.
Barnegat Lighthouse on Sunday, the warmer of the two, for the specialties of the house, harlequins and eiders. Love the sense of possibility that this question every Friday brings to the weekend!
Thanks, Pellice. I love hearing how varied and interesting everybody’s weekend plans can be. One day, I’d love to have everyone report back so we can see what our aggregate bird list is like!
After reading everyones elaborate plans I feel rather sheepish telling you all that I plan to bird across the street from my house in the woods. I still have yet to find a cross bill and am hoping they are over there hiding and waiting for me to find them.
Very fun photo, I love how one is leaving and one is entering the image.