Perhaps the question should be, “Where are you shopping this second weekend of December?” But those of you feeling the pressure of the holiday season breathing down your neck should take heart… you still have a couple of weeks left to get things done! So are you going to ignore the insanity of commercialism and get out this weekend? If so, will you be watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!

This weekend is the Rochester Christmas Bird Count but, alas, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to participate. What I will try to do is recount the third act in my terrific three-owl triptych this past week. Corey is excited to finally be birding in Queens again, in preparation no doubt for the coming NYC CBC. Charlie, poor Charlie, is hoping to be hospitalized by the weekend so he won’t have to deal with his flu at home.

Whatever you do this weekend, make time to enjoy Sky Watch Friday

If you’re inordinately lucky (or lost!) you might see a Black-headed Ibis overhead
(To find out where in the world Charlie spotted this cracker, come back tomorrow!)

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.