Most folks in the Northern Hemisphere feel a sense of exultation at the thought that spring officially arrives this weekend. Of course, spring weather may not arrive exactly as scheduled. I’m not sure how those of you south of the equator feel about this weekend or, frankly, so many things. What does the third weekend of March mean to you?
Corey and I will both be enjoying the incipient signs of spring migration. Corey is seeking his first phoebe of spring, whereas I’ll just be hoping we don’t get any fresh snow this weekend! 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!
Here in Wellington it means New Zealand versus the West Indies in the Cricket World Cup quarter final. But we don’t really have noticable migrations. At any rate, no particular plans, as I need my foot to recover from a small injury.
In Victoria, unfortunately it means the start of the Duck Shooting season, still declared by the government despite very dry conditions.
BirdLife Australia (our equivalent of Audubon I guess) is running a Farewell the Shorebirds event over the next few weeks encouraging us to get out and see them before they leave for the northern hemisphere breeding grounds any day now. We also encouraged to walk recording the distance to try to match the distance they fly – a challenge!
It generally means wind, and people looking forward to Easter when many birders make the most of the last of the “big holidays” to go away birding.
I’m heading up to the Bronx for a guided owl prowl at Pelham Bay Park. That will mark the first time I’ve birded in the Bronx this year, and thus the point where I’ve birded all five boroughs.