Anyone who knows me knows my favorite kind of birding: vacation birding. Enjoy your patches and your resident breeders. I’ll take new birds in new habitat any day. I’ve always loved traveling, but never as much as now when I can truly understand a place by learning about its birds and how they connect to other avifauna across the world. Plus, ever since I started listing, I stopped feeling the need to buy souvenirs!

The reason I mention vacation birding is that I’m headed down to Virginia Beach this weekend for sun, sand, and who knows what else. I’ve birded that part of the United States more than a couple of times but nonetheless look forward to the constant pelicans and Purple Martins! Corey is stuck in New York, but when you see the birds he does on a weekly basis, you’ve always got that vacation feeling.

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!

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.