Labor and the rights of the American working class may have fallen into disrepute lately, but the Labor Day Weekend maintains nearly unanimous support. I’m still unabashedly in favor of this three-day sendoff to the season of sun and sand, though I’d like it more if it didn’t mark the official end of summer. Plus, I haven’t even had a chance to wear white shoes this year! On the bright side, countless millions of kids will be grumbling their way back to school next week. Huzzah! So how are you spending this two- or three-day weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.
I didn’t benefit whatsoever from Hurricane Irene, which means the universe still owes me some awesome birds. Maybe I’ll hang around Lake Ontario and wait for some storm-petrels or skuas to blow in! Corey would like to be chasing grasspipers, but after his hurricane-birding marathon this past Sunday he’ll likely be birding locally on Saturday morning.
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 (or worst if you’re so inclined!)
Enjoy blue skies over idyllic landscapes, like Matiu / Somes Island in New Zealand
(Click on the photo to read Duncan Wright’s report from this slice of heaven and find out what major motion picture is currently being filmed here!)
This long Labor Day weekend is the unofficial celebration of the ABA bird of the year the American Kestrel. I’ve organized The Great Kestrel Count 2011. Participation is absolutely free and a great way to introduce others to birding.
For details you can visit: http://www.birdingisfun.com/p/great-kestrel-count-2011.html
Today I posted American Kestrel fun facts and viewing tips:
HHHMMMmmm… the photo reminds me of birding on Lord Howe Island off the east coast of OZ – and not so far from New Zealand! I got a childish thrill from seeing birds that don’t exist anywhere else on earth …
Enjoy your weekend!
such a tranquil sky…beautiful!
Instead of basking in the approach of spring, New Zealand had a massive snow storm. So much for global warming. Here in Oz we are definitely in Spring and i saw a pair of, I think, Kestrels mating on one of our dead trees. If I had not been snapping them up, I would have been jumping up and down. I have not seen them for a few years since they had elected to move house.
Great shot and so peaceful looking out across the sea.
Your sky cries out for a bird!
@Arija – I covered the snow two weeks ago. It was the unseasonably warm weather last weekend that was the surprise. Sure enough it is back to being colder now!
@ Laura – it was beautifully serene that afternoon.
very pretty photo..:)
My SkyWatch Friday
Such a beautiful photo. It reminds me of a long ago trip off the coast of Carmel, California.
I am going to watch the skies for migrating nighthawks. Hope they are not just dots in the sky but come lower to do some feeding.
Migration is just kicking into gear in Costa Rica so I hope to find some migrant warblers tomorrow morning on the slopes of Volcan Barva and then head down to the Pacific Coast on Sunday to look for shorebirds.