Listen up, all you North American bird watchers… this weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. , our annual four-day backyard birding, citizen science extravaganza. Coincidentally (or not) today kicks off the observance of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday. Since nature lovers around the world owe much to Darwin’s discoveries, this seems a foruitous weekend to get out there and enjoy some nature! What will you be doing this weekend and what will you be watching? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!

I’ll be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as I do every year. However, since my mother and sister will be visiting from out of town, active birding will be kept to a minimum. Corey will be enjoying the feeder birds at his folks’ place in the Albany area. Charlie, lucky Charlie, will be in Vancouver and will try to hit Stanley Park.

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

Keep your eyes to the skies for flying ibises like these Australian White Ibises Charlie spotted in Sydney

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.