Do you know what I love about October? Pumpkins! Everywhere you look in the United States around this time of year, giant orange squashes are just loafing around, killing time until their inevitable trip to the mulch pile on November 1. Pumpkins feature in some pretty tasty dishes, but once I discovered how much better sweet potato pie tastes than pumpkin pie, I’ve preferred these curcurbits for their festive fall attitude. Do you think of October when you see pumpkins? What do you do with yours? More important, what are you doing this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.
Corey anticipates a busy weekend ahead: hopefully in a movie theater Friday, on the coast of Queens Saturday morning, in Times Square Saturday evening with Occupy Wall Street, and upstate on Sunday to meet his new nephew. But enough about him… how about me? I’m headed to Costa Rica for a long, presumably bird-bountiful weekend in the capable custodianship of Patrick O’Donnell. Suffice to say, I’m tremendously excited. If you’ve been to Costa Rica, let me know what you liked best!
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!
Clear skies over the classic Acacia-studded grasslands of the Serengeti
an iconic image
This weekend it all depends on the winds. If it is blowing from the west I will go birding on the north west corner of Skåne. Out by the narrow straith between Denmark and Sweden for some ocean birds. Gulls and jaegers. If it is sunny and fair I will go to the south west tip of Skåne and watch the migrating birds of prey. Buzzards, eagles and hawks still headed for the south of Europe!! Anywhere in the south of Sweden should be rewarding this time of year and full of late migrators!
Yes,pumpkins most definitely remind me of October as do White-throated Sparrows. In Costa Rica, we dont really see either of these but we do get a lot of rain! Hopefully, the rain will stick to the afternoon when birding with Mike this weekend.
Living in Malden, MA near Boston in the US I am also watching the winds. I think we have a cold front settling in on the coast here this weekend. I think Newburyport at Plum Island would be productive for Jaegers and Gannets along with maybe a western sandpiper is possible!
My Skywatch, have a nice weekend!