Birding in the era of COVID-19 can be confusing. You may wonder about crucial details like “How far do I need to stand from other birders?” or “Is that House Sparrow going to give me coronavirus?” While I wouldn’t recommend getting all your medical advice from the American Birding Association, you can and should follow the ABA Guidelines on Birding and Social Distancing, even if you live in a country that has been far more responsible in efforts to flatten the curve.
Since Rochester is getting one of our traditional April snow storms, I may follow ABA’s sage advice to “KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKY AND YOUR BUTT CLOSE TO HOME!” Then again, I’ll probably make a run somewhere to catch some early spring birds. Corey has enough secret birding spots in Queens to stay busy, safe, and secluded all weekend. 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!
Kept social distancing by birding in a nearby private stand of woods along a creek in central Ohio , USA. The best bird was the Wilson’s Snipe. While Snipe are not uncommon, finding a half dozen in the first five minutes was a surprise.