The second Sunday of May reminds us how important it is to show the mothers in our lives how much we appreciate them. If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning to celebrate this touching Hallmark holiday with a Mother’s Day bird walk, Mother’s Day gifts of field guides and feeder supplies, and maybe even a morning with the kids scoping out some avian migratory mamas-to-be while your special someone relaxes at home. Just don’t forget the flowers!

A Mother’s Day birding excursion actually sounds pretty good to me. Migration unfolds much more slowly along the shores of Lake Ontario than it does just one Great Lake to the west, where the Biggest Week in American Birding is in full flow (lucky, lucky birders!) This means I have plenty of stunners to look forward to. Corey is far less patient than I, so he’ll be stalking every new arrival in the Tri-state Area. What a welcoming committee! 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!


Enjoy puffy white clouds in big, beautiful skies like these over Wellington Harbour, NZ
(and click through to read about Duncan’s frustrating exploration of the coast)

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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.