An arctic blast of cold has served notice to many Americans that winter will still deliver the chills, at least intermittently. Frankly, I’m in favor of a more balmy season to string together fall and spring, but the best winter birds like it cold. Maybe I should just commit to being a snowbird and spend my winters somewhere warm like Florida. Then I could visit exciting locations like Hospital Key in the Dry Tortugas, depicted above by James Currie. Hospital Key, where azure sky blends into turquoise sea, happens to be the only nesting site for Masked Boobies in the U.S. I want to be there. Don’t you?

This weekend, both Corey and I will be toughing it out in our respective latitudes. I’m about ready to see some owls like everyone else around here seems to do. 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.