Friends, birders, countrymen (and women)– lend me your ears. I come not to praise winter, but to bury it. Those of us occupying the boreal half of the planet can give Old Man Winter an exuberant sendoff this weekend, while you on the austral side can say so long to summer. How will you be observing the last weekend of winter (or summer) and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

This weekend will be busy for me, and not just because I consider St. Patrick’s Day a reasonable excuse for rowdy behavior (as if I needed one.) For the last 8 years, March 17 has meant much more to me that beer and bad food. That’s when we celebrate Masemas, the birthday of my son. Since these celebrations tend to last many days, I don’t foresee much birding! Corey, who also needs no excuse but injustice for rowdy behavior, will be staying local in NYC.

hatever 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!

Oh to be in KwaZulu-Natal, gazing upon the mighty Drakensberg Mountains!
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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.