Every person’s calendar includes both busy seasons and fallow periods. Our calendar–the birding calendar–has just shifted into overdrive. In fact, some might argue that, on an international level, this weekend represents one of the zeniths of birding activity and engagement. Saturday, May 5 is Global Big Day, when eBirders around the world strive to collectively encounter as many species as possible. Last year’s Global Big Day accounted for at least 65% of all the bird species on the planet. Are you going to help beat that tally this weekend?

Unfortunately, family commitments are killing my Big Day or any other kind of birding this weekend. I’ll be in NYC hearing migrants flying high above me. Corey, however, will do his best to scoop every species passing through Queens and other more reputable parts of the city.

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.