One of my favorite holidays of the year is Super Bowl Sunday, the day the championship of the National Football League is decided. Why this is exactly I don’t know. I’m far from a sports fanatic, but as readers know I do love my football. To the outside observer, sports offer perspective on how deeply seemingly innocent passion can infect us. Rabid sports fans seem to live and breathe their avocation, often compromising more important aspects of their life. But sports fanatics aren’t the only ones that may fall prey to such consuming short-sightedness. I’ve heard it can even happen to nature lovers, maybe even to birders. (Gasp.)

So, as usual, I am interested in what you’ll be doing this weekend. But if you find that you’ve been birding every weekend for the last two months, maybe you should take a break and try something new for a change. On the other hand, if you haven’t been birding at all, maybe this is an auspicious opportunity to experience a potentially life changing activity (well, maybe not in February!) In any case, be sure to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday! What will you be doing this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

I hope to shovel through a few feet of snow in order to refill my barren bird feeders. Wish me luck! Corey will hopefully be birding coastal Queens one morning, though there are rumors of a Snowy Owl out east on Long Island. Charlie is going nowhere and will see nothing.

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!

And lest you forget that some people celebrate Super Bowl Sunday early, here’s a scene from last week’s Superbowl (sp) of Birding 2011.

Loons looking at loons under a beautiful blue sky

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.