I know of no other day of the year when a larger percentage of Americans are likely to be eating the same foods, unless Halloween candy or Independence Day barbecue counts. Too many of us focus on the turkey, but bird watchers know that Meleagris gallopavo means so much more than a meal, no matter how stuffed and savory. By the same token, Thanksgiving and this weekend represent much more than food and football (unless, like me, those are what you’re really looking forward to!)

Corey and I will both be spending long weekends with our respective families and the avifauna in their respective areas. While Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November is a uniquely American observance, everyone around the world can play along by answering these questions:

1. What are you doing this weekend and will you be birding? 

2. What birds or bird sightings this year have you been most thankful for?

Share your plans in the comments below. And whatever your plans this weekend, make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Be sure to come back Monday to share your best bird of the weekend!

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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.