If you’re like me, January exceeded your expectations in more ways than one. Certainly, none of us on my particular latitude can believe quite how cold and snowy the last month has been. Yet at the same time, I’m astonished at how eager I’ve been to get out and explore the incongruous abundance of winter birds. This is a superior time to search out new species in the more temperate zones of the northern hemisphere. You folks south of the equator might have only resident breeders to contend with, but then again, you also have summer! What will you be doing this weekend and does it involve birding? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
Another King Eider is rumored to be haunting the shores of Lake Ontario. If it persists through the weekend, I’ll have no choice but to go after it. Corey is planning a quiet weekend of drooling over the birds he hopes to see in Honduras later this month. And Charlie, poor Charlie is left dealing with the utter havoc an inch or two of snow wreaks on London society.
Whatever you do this weekend, make time to enjoy Sky Watch Friday…
Keep your eyes peeled for aggressive accipiters like this Sharp-shinned Hawk Corey spotted
I love this shot of the sharpie! I don’t know what I am doing this weekend. I am still recovering from my Big January! I am also gearing up for the GBBC next weekend. What was your Big january total? I’ve published a list of everyone I know that was doing it on my blog and I guestimated your count from your blog. Happy birding! I hope you see that King Eider!
Wow… Truly beautiful! Happy weekend and SkyWatch :o)
Beautiful shot!Have a nice weekend!
Still chasing Florida Scrub-Jays. Maybe a side trip for Red-cockaded Woodpecker soon.
It never occurred to me that a thick blanket of snow might make for better birding, but now that you mention it, isn’t it the best time to watch a bird feeder out the window. Here in Florida of course we have no snow, but the winter dry down when water recedes into the deeper holes, that’s where the birds congregate.
Amazing photo… I just cannot get over how incredible your photography is!
this is great, mike! very nice shot!
I am going out to Belchertown in Massachusetts to see if I can find some eagles. The supposedly have a few pairs there and I have never seen one before.
On Sunday I am going to be birding in local areas searching for redpools and crossbils.
My birding crew and I are going for a South FL Big Day run on Saturday. We’re hitting Miami-Dade and making our way to the Everglades. Weather permitting we’re even going to camp and wake up to some more birding action.
Good luck with the King Eider Mike and stay warm!
Wow – I’ve never seen a hawk so close up!
What a beautiful creature! Really well photographed too. I’ll probably be watching crows in the local park, that’s what my Skywatch entry is about this week 🙂
What a great catching 🙂 Majestic 🙂
Happy weekend 🙂
I love this site! I’m a newbie bird watcher (about a year). I plan to go to the John Heinz NWR which is near me for a guided “Chilly Birds” tour. I saw my first Sharp-Shinned Hawk up close and personal this year. Unfortunately, it was drawn to my yard because of my bird feeders and made a nice snack out of a junco .
Beautiful photo of the Sharpie!
I am going to try out my Christmas present this weekend. A snow tangle cover for my blind. Helps it blend into the snowy Maine landscape.
Hope to get some great photos.
Hmm…probably more owling! Happy SWF…
Beautiful capture!! We have not had much snow here in South West Virginia….but it has been cold. I saw LOTS of bird activity over the past week so I will be out and about again today taking it all in.
We are supposed to reach 60 today 🙂