The holiday season has finally passed and now our new year lies before us, fraught with the potential for health, happiness, and success. Will you squander this weekend, only the second of 2010? How will you make it meaningful? Will you be birding? Please share your plans in the comments below!

While I’m eager to take in as much if the first round of the NFL playoffs as possible, I do have a major trip coming up soon and owe it to 10,000 Birds readers to raise my photography skills to a new level ere I depart. Thus, I hope to shoot around Mendon Park or somewhere else with perky, photogenic winter birds. Corey, the new father that he is, will mostly be trying to make up for lost sleep during the weekend but will, with hope, add some cool birds to his year list.  Charlie will be sticking close to home too, watching Mistle Thrushes gorge themselves on his largesse.

Whatever your plans this weekend (and we hope they are merry!), make time to enjoy SkyWatch Friday. Also be sure to come back Monday to share your best bird of the weekend!

Most any day of the year, birders set up scopes at Hamlin Beach State Park to watch birds on Lake Ontario

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.