Halloween is not typically a time that people consider bird watching. For those who are into this past time, Halloween is one of the times when new birds can be spotted, not because of the ghosts and goblins, but because of the season of the year. The late autumn months can bring birds that are following migratory paths that are not always in those areas during the rest of the year.
If you are planning your bird watching activities during Halloween to be from your home, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your neighbors may not know that you are bird watching and if they see you peeking out of your windows with high powered binoculars, they may wonder what you are up to. To keep them in the loop, let them know a couple weeks ahead of time that you are planning to bird watch on Halloween so that they do not call the police on you.
Nothing is spookier than a cemetery on Halloween and it is also a great place to bird watch. This is actual the best place in a busy city where the birds may not be. A cemetery at night is quiet and offers food for the birds that can be a draw for them. The only contention with the cemetery on Halloween may be the local kids trying to scare each other.
There are certain things to keep n mind before heading off to the local cemetery and putting up shop. You need to have the permission of the caretakers. If you tell them that you are not planning on destroying any property and the hours you are bird watching, you stand less of a chance for getting kicked off before even spotting one bird. Halloween is a time when a cemetery has extra security so lying and saying you are visiting a relative may not work if you cannot prove this.
One final remark regarding the cemetery, if there is a funeral in progress, do not do your bird watching anywhere in the vicinity of the services. People are emotional and do not appreciate having strangers invade their grief. It is not respectful so make your way to another section and you should be fine.
Bird watching at Halloween can allow you to see new bird species that are not normally in the area. Let your neighbors know if you plan on watching for birds from a window. If you want to find a quiet spot on this night, the cemetery can be a great choice.