Summer in the Northern Hemisphere seems to be leaving few areas unscathed. Whether you’re getting too much rain or not enough, you’re probably spending at least a few moments of each day thinking about unprecedented weather patterns and climate change. Global warming seems a boon in my part of the world, but one has to wonder how these dramatic, unpredictable swings are affecting the local flora and fauna in the short and long terms. Is this too heady for a lazy July?
Speaking of July, every year around this time an assemblage of my family and friends gather in a remote part of Pennsylvania for food, fun, and flaming chickens. Yes, I will be birding at the Chicken Inferno this weekend. However, while there will definitely be a chicken this year (probably Jackson Pollock-themed), an inferno might be ill-advised considering the tinder-dry condition of the area. Corey will be spending the weekend with family in NYC and doubts he’ll get much birding in.
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!
Here is the Picasso-inspired Chicken of Inferno 2011. Check out how the bird is constructed in multiple planes. Crafty!
What on e a r t h …?
I’m planning on hitting some spots on the New Jersey shore after the rain lets up and the cool weather sets in; should be some excellent fall birding
What an intriguing idea!! And this certainly is inspired by Picasso!!
I’m gonna stay along side of the schyukill river on the trails here at home & at Valley Forge National Park. Bin having problems with my camara but ill give it my best:)
Since I am around 80 species ahead of Corey, I’ll be chilling in the back yard over the weekend, celebrating my birthday on Sunday with a little barbecue and a beer or two. No plans for birding, and the meat will also be mammalian, not avian. I am however planning to enjoy the Common Swifts while they are still around.