Towns across New York state are celebrating Homecoming this weekend, which seems appropriate from the perspective of cooling temps and the urge to nest ahead of winter’s bite. As birders, however, we focus more on those restless creatures struck with the sudden, irresistible urge to leave. Birds all across the world are leaving last season’s homes for next season’s breeding or wintering grounds. If you find yourself at a Homecoming parade or bonfire this weekend, consider this question: “Where does that migrant on the wing truly feel at home?”

Speaking of home, I’m still homebound with foot malady that has kept me out of the field for too long already. Corey will have to do enough birding for the both of us as he scours the NYC area for fall surprises. 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.