October is screaming to an end, which means that for many of us, fall migration is drawing to a close. If you’re closer to the equator than I am, you may still have a shot at interesting birds. At my latitude, however, the skies are filled mostly with falling leaves and errant snowflakes. What are you doing this weekend and will you be watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!

I’ll be sticking close to home this weekend as I have some serious raking to do. Corey will, of course, be anywhere rare NYC birds are found. Charlie, I believe, is willing the birding gods to send him somewhere unexpected and avian-rich but will bird in Great Britain if he must. Don’t forget that he is in the midst of a Global Big Year and has already racked up 1104 species!

Regardless of how you plan to enjoy a lovely weekend, be sure to celebrate Sky Watch Friday

I’m still in the process of recounting my recent Orange County, CA birding tale.  My hotel in Newport Beach afforded a truly exceptional view of the Upper Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  While Catalina Island off the coast of southern California is usually obscured by some sort of smoggy mist, it was temporarily unshrouded by the Santa Ana winds. Here are two views from my room:



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.