Is it summer yet? Oh, technically it’s still summer you say (or winter, depending on your hemisphere!) That’s right, this is the last official weekend of the summer of 2008. It’s also a time when migratory birds are pouring from the poles to the equatorial regions (or vice versa, depending on your heimsphere!) So where are you going this weekend and will you watching birds? Comment below on the excitement you have planned!
I believe I will be taking a brief break from active birding after last weekend’s mighty Montezuma Muckrace. Not Corey though! He and Charlie will be meeting (without me, sniff) in New York City to chase fall migrants and vagrants. If any NYC-area readers with a car want to join in the chase, let us know in the comments.
Regardless of how you plan to celebrate the passing of this season, be sure to celebrate Sky Watch Friday…
Watch the skies for dynamic doves like Charlie’s Wood Pigeon
Is that bird for real? It looks like a wooden toy in the sky! And it’s sailing along without a care in the world.
WOW… that’s an amazing capture!
Great taken. Beautiful colors.
This week I´m birding just on SkyWatch Friday.
See it, please.
Such a great shot – I marvel at people’s ability to capture mid-flight shots. Stunning.
I’ll be at Hawk Mountain, volunteering as one of the counters at North Lookout. I am hoping that there are still some Broad-winged Hawks migrating through but accipiters should be picking up and pretty much all the raptors minus Gos and Roughleg are possible this time of year. Good weather means the warbler flight at North Lookout should be pretty good too.
This bird does not look real! Great photograph.
That is a great shot, it looks like a V II rocket. I automatically ducked!
Wow a great capture, it is perfect in every way.
Is it real???
AWESOME picture so clear so perfect~!
Fantastic shot of the Wood Pigeon…. where I live these are now getting into the gardens and away from the woodlands… I feed the birds all year round and this year I’ve had many Wood Pigeon feeding on the shed roof… I would rather see them in the fields eating grain and such but it seems more are moving out of the countryside ad into the towns.
I’m chasing madly about California’s Santa Clara Valley this week and weekend, trying to spot the rarities (all county birds for me) that showed up while I was away on vacation. So far I’ve found parasitic jaeger and the elegant tern. This morning I’m after the long-tailed jaeger. Other great birds possibly still around include buff-breasted and Baird’s sandpipers, Sabine’s gull, common and arctic terns and a Brewer’s sparrow. Whew!
This weekend is the North American Migration Count and I’ll be counting at my work (Green Cay Wetlands, in Boynton Beach, FL). I’m hoping for some new warblers to migrate through tonight.
I’ll also be doing a Fall bird count in Durham, NC. I’ve got a nice big arm of the lake for my area so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s out there.
I’ll be birding the Oxbow (Ohio River, Lawrenceburg, IN; just west of Cincinnati) – looking for shorebirds and migrant songbirds. Love the Wood Pigeon.
lol, thats not a real bird…not a cloud in the sky? and look at it’s eye.
if thats real then it the clearest inflight shot i have ever seen lol.
It’s real, honestly. I’ll mail you the original if you really don’t believe me 🙂
This coming weekend, while I await the winter migrants to arrive in Florida, I will take a small hike in central FL to view some Florida Scrub Jays.
Birding season cannot get here quick enough.