I’d love to wax philosophic about January and weekends and nature, but I’m too busy packing. So let’s cut to the chase… I can’t tell you my plans until I’ve asked about yours. What are you doing this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

Now that we’re done talking about you, let’s get down to me: I’m going to Ecuador! If all goes as expected, I expect this weekend to be the birdiest of my life. The same can hardly be said for my colleagues. Corey will most likely be parked on his posterior watching the NFL playoffs, though he might get out to Forest Park once or twice. Charlie hopes to look for rare birds, perhaps a starling or House Sparrow, on the Manor patch. I can only imagine a statement like that plays better on the other side of the Atlantic because it sounds somewhat incongruous to this New Yorker!

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!

Keep your eyes to the skies for white-winged gulls like Corey’s Iceland Gull

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.