As the leaves in upstate New York complete their progression through all of the hues of flame and rust that attend autumn, I begin turning green with envy. Perhaps you do to. After all, while those of us with the traveling bug can be rightfully jealous of the journeys of others any time of year, the dark of winter truly sets that hunger a-gnawing. So lay it on me, friends: where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your terribly exciting plans in the comments below, knowing that even if you aren’t impressed, many other will be!
Alas, I’ll be kicking around Rochester this week; with a little luck, maybe I’ll even get out to see some birds. I find it hard to move, though, crippled as I am with envy at the idea that Corey is birding in Ecuador RIGHT NOW. In fact, he’ll be with our buddy Renato, proprietor of the amazing eco-lodge, Pululahua Hostal. I was privileged to visit Renato this past January, so I know what Corey can look forward to, The sunrise over the rim of Pululahua Crater looks just like this…
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!
I’ll be perched on a rock in central Pennsylvania looking for Golden Eagles and goshawks, or scanning the lakes for some scoters, grebes or something better.
Jasper Pulaski to see Sandhill Cranes on Saturday and Eagle Creek Park on Sunday. Both in Indiana.
I may be too busy to do any birding this weekend, but I did at least see a Sacred Kingfisher eating a skink on the bus home today.
Sitting in Roebuck Bay scanning HUGE flocks of shorebirds! The juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit have started to arrive from the north….Yippee!
I’ll likely try to relocate the Red-flanked Bluetail I found a few days ago south of Heidelberg, but chances are slim. It’s a Bluetail, after all. Or I’ll just stay home and drown my sorrow over the demise of the RezCats with copious amounts of beer. I’ll have to see about that.
@Clare: you surely won’t find any Waxwings at the BEACH, right? 😉
Oh, lord ANOTHER weekend with favorable northwest winds both days. When am I going to find time to clean the refrigerator?
Well, since I didn’t make it to Island Beach (NJ) last weekend, I’m going to try this weekend. Will probably slip off to Sandy Hook (NJ) on Sat early.
NOTE: Saturday is the easiest day of the year to be an early birder, at least in the US, as daylight savings times has the sun coming up relatively late – next weekend, sun’s up an hour earlier.
@Susan: Thanks for the tip! That bodes well for the local monthly birdwalk, which tomorrow is coming to the pond in walking distance of my abode in Westchester county, NY. Will try to get pictures of Wood Ducks, if they’re not being too skittish.
Jochen….NO pretty well restricted to shorebirds on the beach here! The juveniles are pretty cool….more reliable on the back of a Godwit than with Qantas at the moment!