Fandom is a funny thing, isn’t it? We’re headed towards Super Bowl Sunday, when the most popular sporting event in the Western Hemisphere plays out annually. Consequently, football fandom, which is always ardent, has reached a fever pitch. One (or at least this one) wonders why unmitigated obsession with some activities is seen as far more normal or acceptable than a fanatical focus on others. This is a question that often cuts to the core of bird watching and other nature-oriented activities and one I’m always interested in hearing new thoughts on. I for one don’t blame you if you would rather read a field guide than watch a football game, but consider watching the big one this Sunday… it’s going to be exciting!

You can probably surmise that I’ll be focusing on Ravens (not these ravens) this weekend, but might be willing to miss the Super Bowl if I could spend the day in a grassy meadow awash with wild tulips, like the scene Corey photographed above (click to find out where tulips come from!) Corey will undoubtedly find a way to fit in both football and birding in the NYC area. 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!

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.