We’ve almost done it, friends… almost made it through another year! And while dire situations and snowpocalypses may afflict humanity across the globe, the safe money says we’ll see this year through to the next. So how will you be ringing in the New Year and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.
I’m recovering rapidly from my recent shoulder surgery, but the injury remains inconvenient enough to keep me from indulging in my typical New Year’s Eve excesses. The status of my shoulder may also dissuade me from my traditional New Year’s Day birding excursion. How about you? Corey’s got the right idea; while the particulars are unclear, he will be somewhere in southern California, racking up species for his brand new 2011 year list!
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!
Enjoy big blue skies over sunny California
Hmm – let’s see. Friday will be a local and short stint to Oakland Nature Preserve in Central Florida. Saturday a trip to the hottest spot in the state – Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Florida, currently hosting thousands of white Pelicans, a myriad of Woodstorks and tones of Ducks, Coots, Moorhen, Bitterns, Cranes, Snipes, Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawk and whatnot.
And Sunday it’s off to the Atlantic – the Viera Wetlands, close to Cocoa Beach. A Place that is always loaded with Wildlife.
All in all a pretty “loaded” program!
Wishing you guys a Happy New year!
On the lst my companion and I will be joining the regulars at the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center in Indio, California, near Palm Springs. They have several ponds there, and in the desert, they are an incredible draw for birds.
One last CBC, this time at Jordan Lake. Should be good, it’s generally the most productive of the counts in the area.
I will be participating in the Anderson Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, 1.1.11 We hope the weather stays decent. I will of course let you know all about our count.
I’ll be starting a big year in the province of Ontario, Canada. And I’m going to tattoo the name of every bird I see onto my body. punkrockbigyear.blogspot.com. The first or second will be spent near Niagara.
We’ll be birding the Wood Duck trail (part of the rails-to-trails program) in Sparta, NJ…it always delivers!
I have two Christmas Bird Counts this weekend, one in Long Branch on Saturday and the postponed Raritan Estuary count on Sunday. Hopefully the weather will be good for both of them.
Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work
Thanks for your visits and comments in the past Year.
I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.
Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
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Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 25
With a tropical low sitting near by and torrential rain, it may well just be what we can see through the windscreen wipers if we venture out-won’t be leaving the bitumen/pavement or we will be bogged!
1/1/11 will most likely see me staggering around San Francisco in a bleary haze. I dread having Rock Pigeon be my first bird of the year, but it probably will be. Local birding seems to be the way to go I think, so I’ll make it to Lake Merced, Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, Heron Head Park….hopefully anyway.
I’ll be starting a Sacramento County Big Year chasing down some lingering rarities for this area like Steller’s Jay, White-throated Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee and Eastern Phoebe. I love stake-out big year birds and running around to see them on the 1st day of the year.