As the holiday season hurtles towards us, it’s fair to say that if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, you’d best get to it! The rest of us can begin celebrating early, although those of us laid low by the current global economic instability may not be in much of a mood to be merry. Good thing so many of the best things in life are free! So what are you doing this weekend and will you be watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!

The Core Team is headed down to Potter County, PA for a little pre-Christmas Christmas… when you’re responsible for the grandchildren of various far-flung families, the holidays last a looong time. Anyway, I’m looking forward to feeder bird fun and potential winter rarities. Corey is also looking forward to both expected and unexpected species; he’ll be birding the Queens County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday and most likely recovering on Sunday. (If you don’t know what the Christmas Bird Count is, here is your enlightening answer.) Charlie is still recovering from various maladies and general decrepitude so he’ll probably remain in rehabilitative custody for a few more days!

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

With all the snow Rochester has been getting lately, I’ve been dreaming of Joshua Tree
(Check this old post for more images of the unearthly desert beauty of Joshua Tree National Park!)

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.