Halloween weekend has arrived! I know Halloween as a highlight of the American autumn calendar, but have heard rumors that All Hallows’ Eve is observed in one form or another all around the world. Help educate me… share your knowledge or experience of Halloween celebrations outside of the United States!
This weekend, I will be trying to figure out if I can throw together a costume acceptable enough for Halloween parties. Corey will be combing coastal Queens for the kinds of treats late migration can bring. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.
Whatever your plans this weekend, make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Also be sure to come back Monday to share your best bird of the weekend!
Orange is the color of sunrise and pumpkins… perfect for October
I won’t be going far, the weather forecast is pretty grim. But bad weather can produce big surges of fall migrants. After heavy all-day rain 3 days ago we had thousands of White-throated Sparrows and Golden-crowned Kinglets. I’ll be looking for more this weekend.
And as to All-Hallows Eve, in the U.K they celebrate Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th. It has its origins in a plot to blow up parliament by one Guido Fawkes who was caught and paid the ultimate price. Now the Brits burn effigies of Guy and set off fireworks. Not quite the same as Hallowe’en, but close.
Gorgeous sunset, lovely to be out on that boat. We have Mischief Night at Halloween in northern England but rather than doing mischievous things nowadays the American tradition of Trick or Treat has taken over which gives more opportunities for dressing up and eating chocolate.
My weekend occurred over the past two days in Delaware. I birded Bombay Hook this morning and then stopped by to see the second Rufous Hummingbird to visit Brian McCaffrey’s yard this month. http://www.thermalbirding.com/2012/10/another-rufous-hummingbird-in-kent-county-delaware/
What a beautiful, October sunrise. It is so rich and inviting. Hope you have a great Halloween!
Wow, beautiful pumpkin sky!