Most of us in the good old U.S. of A. are looking at a long, lovely weekend in celebration of our nation’s independence from British tyranny. All around the world, students and teachers alike are celebrating freedom from tyranny of a different sort. So where are you going birding this weekend? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!

I’m still unpacking from my big move to Rochester but might sneak away for a bit to explore the local color. Corey won’t be far away as he’s plundering the Catskills in search of Bicknell’s Thrush and other boreal treats. Charlie is on standby for a flight so he could be birding anywhere in the world over the weekend or stuck in the hotel for three days waiting for the phone to ring. The latter might provide a preferable respite from traveling as Charlie is hosting the 3rd anniversary edition of I and the Bird this week!

While lifting your eyes to the skies this weekend for fireworks, be sure to indulge in Sky Watch Friday

Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Corey
Watch the skies for powerful herons, like this Black-crowned Night Heron (photo by Corey)

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.