After the frenzy of birding that accompanies May migration June seems sleepy.  Most birds have arrived on their breeding grounds and the flood of migrants slows to a trickle and then virtually stops.  June, at least in New York, is time to search out breeding birds, check out bugs, and try to stay cool.  Mike and Corey pretty much spent their time doing just that while Charlie, well, Charlie doesn’t have to worry as much about the birds coming to him during migration: he has the benefit of going to where the birds are!  Blog-wise, June was another great month for 10,000 Birds.  We had our second-most visitors and page views ever (including a week of over 10,000 visitors), and, more importantly, we saw some pretty darn cool birds.

This month’s month in review will have a slightly different format, with all of our posts in a list arranged by date, just to try something new.  Whether you like it or not, let us know in the comments, as well as sharing your favorite birding experiences of the month!

June 1: Charlie checked out some penguins!

June 2: Mike announced the winners of the Young Birder’s Guide Giveaway and Corey described his first outing of the month.

June 3: Charlie explained how to ID Greenish Warblers and contributed to the 33rd edition of Circus of the Spineless.

June 4: Corey shared pictures of a fledgling getting fed and Stacy Mote, wrote a guest post on identifying a Great Crested Flycatcher.

June 5: Mike advised everyone about how to get their picture on the blog.

June 6: Mike asked where everyone was birding and shared the tale of Winnie the Whimbrel.

June 7: Charlie shared a great post on what he thinks is the REAL Robin.

June 8: Corey put up some pictures of flying birds and Charlie shared the news of our first 10,000-visitor week and rounded up a week’s worth of clinic questions.

June 9: Corey did the Doodletown.

June 10: Mike looked at American Ladies (and Sara didn’t even mind!).  Meanwhile, Charlie reported on birding some cape somewhere…and shared pictures of a Purple Grenadier (no, they don’t carry grenades but how cool would it be if they did?).

June 11: Corey posted what turned out to be an unsolvable quiz and Charlie announced the mother of all giveaways.

June 12: Mike introduced the 77th edition of I and the Bird.

June 13: Mike, like he does every Friday, asked where everyone was birding.

June 14: Charlie showed off some great pictures of cranes displaying and Corey provided the answers to the aformentioned unsolvable quiz.

June 15: Corey described a tick-filled outing in Suffolk County.

June 16: Charlie birded a different part of that cape.

June 17: Mike added his pictures of the tick-filled outing while Charlie admired some flowers.

June 18: Corey reviewed a book.

June 19: Charlie experienced a surprising “tern” of events.

June 20: Another Friday, another post featuring Mike asking where everyone was birding.  And Charlie admired a pretty bug.

June 21: Mike asked “How’s about those House Wrens?” and Charlie proved that the jammy finger of fate was in fact real.

June 22: Corey birded a familiar location and Charlie photographed an endangered endemic.

June 23: Mike grooved on Green Heron necks and Corey grooved on some cool bugs.

June 24: Mike announced his big move to Rochester, NY.

June 25: Corey shared an overly ambitious squirrel and Mike revealed that a larger variety of birds actually is better for people.

June 26: Mike introduced another I and the Bird, #78.

June 27: Mike again asked where everyone was birding.

June 28: Charlie asked a deep question.

June 29: Corey went to the beach.

June 30: Corey described an outing to Jamaica Bay for the third time in June and Charlie shared a gorgeous bird and gave folks one last chance to win an iPod.  Oh, and this post was posted, with one minute to spare.

And that was our month!  Holy cow, that’s a ton of good content!  Enjoy!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.