As May slips gracefully into June, many birds in the Northern Hemisphere have settled down to do those things that birds and bees traditionally do. While males are still a-courting, you’ll be able to use song to find the rarities. So where are you going birding this weekend? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
I’ll be heading back to Jones Beach to celebrate my sweet daughter’s second birthday but odds are good I’ll spot a seabird or two. Corey will continue his reign of terror over choice Queens habitat like Forest Park and Jamaica Bay. Charlie is finally headed back to Britain where he’ll likely get reacquainted with his family and gloat over his monstrous year list. Who knows, maybe he’ll even find time to check out some British birds…
While gearing up to watch the skies this weekend, be sure to indulge in Sky Watch Friday…
Watch the skies for raptors, like this fine Ferruginous Hawk (photo by Charlie)
LOOK at the markings on him! He’s beautiful! Great skywatch!
I’m looking forward to birding my backyard! I haven’t had enough time to sit and enjoy it this spring.
It’s a stunner!
Very nice photo.
I have a number of blogs and all have birds on them. My birds are all photographed in my small city backyard where I live. To be able to go somewhere and see lots of birds would be something like a dream. I am happy that you are able to do that.
🙂 My niece’s birthday is today and we are most likely canceling our afternoon birding trip due to predicted storms but we’ll be out sometime this weekend for sure!
New York is like a parallel universe from us in the Midwest, I love reading about what’s going on in the birding world.
Good birding to you!
Veery and all the Birdfreaks
Wren, that sounds like a fine way to enjoy your weekend.
Abe, all three of us are thrilled to be able to travel and enjoy birds in different states and countries. In fact, I’d say we’re driven! Your bird photos are fantastic – you should share them with the audience of I and the Bird, our beloved birding blog carnival.
And on Charlie’s behalf, allow me to thank you all for the compliments.
Have some nice bird here. Great job!
I’m in Southern Hemisphere. Here we have always birds that arrive and go.
Great your photos.
I’ve got a line on some breeding Yellow-crowned Night Herons in Durham. I think I may go check them out this weekend.
Nate, there is no such thing as a Yellow-crowned Night-heron!
And Mike, for me that’ll be … hmmm … yeah, birding downtown from behind my son’s stroller. No surprises expected.
Last weekend we went to see the migratory birds at Kokkare Bellur, 80kms from Bangalore. We had nice time there. I have blogged on that.
Mouth fell open…he is gorgeous! The colors! Wonderful photo Mike 🙂
nice one for SWF! reminds me the quote… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. .. LOL! mine’s up too hope you can drop by.
Fantastic Ferruginous! I hope to bird here in Southeast AZ, perhaps in Box Canyon near Madera!
Veery, another family birthday – how sweet! It’s interesting how the Northeast and Midwest are two bird blogging hotspots; we can keep tabs on each other and hope to meet up. Speaking of which, I’ll be in Chicago in mid-July. Any chance a member of the Birdfreak team will be free for some midweek birding? If so, e-mail me!
Nate, good luck with the yellow-crowns. Inexplicably, I haven’t seen any yet this year. Apparently, poor Jochen has never seen one!
i Share, those Painted Storks are very cool.
Keep those compliments coming… Charlie can’t get enough!
We are going to Little Bennett Park in Maryland with the DC Audubon Club on sunday.
Stunning.. always great to see raptors..
After a wicked quiet Memorial Day, I decided to try my luck up north — well, sorta north. Impulse birding, I call it. Went up to Saugerties and hit some spots pointed out to me by Steve, friend of the John Burroughs Natural History Society (who has a Bird Here list: http://jbnhs.org/). I hit the Lighthouse Trail, the fab (and new) Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Burroughs Sanctuary, Ashokan Resevoir (through a driving thunderstorm), and Shawangunk Grasslands.
Saturday and Sunday saw a count of 55+ Favorites? My first Worm Eating Warbler of the season, a quick glimpse of an Indigo bunting, a grumpy Rose Breasted Grosbeak and a Yellow Billed Cuckoo doing some heavy construction….
Frustrations? As someone who’s trying to become a better (my favorite bird? the one I can identify!) the two “Hawks” and the bloody flycatchers. Did id the Acadian and Least (thanks to the Stokes song on my ipod.) Looking forward to further embarassment at the Jamaica Bay shorebird festival. 🙂
Sounds like a brilliant day, Helen. I haven’t been to that area in years but for birds like those I’ll have to find the time!