September has arrived and with it, a flood of fall migrants. OK, maybe those are spring migrants on your side of the world. What matters is that creatures are on the move, which gives us all plenty to look at this weekend. Not that you have to restrict yourself to aerial organisms. After all, this Sunday September 7 is the second annual International Rock Flipping Day. Participation is not only easy, but fun:
- First, go outside and carefully lift a stone or rock of any desired size.
- Look at what lies beneath and if you’re so inclined, chronicle or photograph your find so you can blog about it later.
- Then, of course, put the stone carefully back in place.
Of course bloggers will blog about their rock flipping festivities but even folks who haven’t dedicated their lives to micropublishing (you know who I’m talking about!) can share their findings. Just get in touch with organizers Bev or Dave (and enjoy their amazing blogs while you’re at it!) or post photos directly to the International Rock Flipping Day Gallery on Flickr. I’m quite confident that upturning stones is in my future and that of my bug-hunting young children this weekend. Corey and Charlie will probably do the same, right guys? How about you? Where are you going this weekend and will you be flipping rocks or watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
Of course, there’s no need to restrict your attention to terrestrial matters… be sure to celebrate Sky Watch Friday…
If you keep your eyes up, you might see a life bird like these, my first ever Sandhill Cranes
I love your Rock FLipping Day. I have done this often, but never made it the focus of a particular day. ALWAYS being careful to replace the rock without destroying the home of whoever lives there.
You know even putting that rock back and HOW you put it back can make a difference in the day of a small animal who uses it for a landmark.
I will be birding along the Tennessee River not far from Flint Creek in Alabama this weekend.
I brake for birds everywhere.
Always beautiful your pictures.
That’s great! One with wings up and one with wings down….sort of like one of those little flip action books of pictures 🙂 Will try to remeber to flip a rock this weekend.
I can’t believe that these are your first Sandhill Cranes.
Congrats for that. Well – if you come my way – I will bring
you face to face with them! 🙂
Good SWF Post!
Great pic of birds in flight! And Rock Flipping Day is quite a buzz of an idea! Scarey but exciting! Love it!
Donna, thanks for the important insight on rock flipping. I bet the birding in Alabama this time of year is fantastic.
Luiz, sounds like you need one of our bumperstickers!
Klaus, you know I’m looking forward to it!
Thanks, Mary and Gemma.
I’ll be spending Sunday searching the south shore of Long Island for wind-blown southern species (Tropical Storm Hanna will blow through on Saturday night).
I’ll keep my eyes open for those sandhill cranes…
And I’ll try flipping a few rocks — haven’t done that for a while…
I guess I’ll have to check out rock flipping. How could I possibly resist? We “flipped” a syrup drum we got for a compost bin and found a squirrel had burrowed under the garage. Who knew?
I will be birding near my house, specifically a muscadine grape vine I’m photographing. I’m hearing various birdsongs and trying to identify them.
@Corey – Hey, that’s what I’m doing! Except tomorrow…
Great capture I tried to get a shot of some geese today but alas my camera stinks. So I can enjoy them here.
Cool post and idea! I hope I get the chance to get out birding this week; our daughter was born less than a month ago so we have been pretty focused on new born baby activity around the apartment. I hope to get out soon though and if I do I will definitely flip over a rock in my favorite rain forest here in Costa Rica; I think I will use a stick though to avoid a possible too close for comfort encounter with a coral snake.
I like your photo. great Catch