It’s been a heck of a week, hasn’t it? The amount of bird love that was on this blog was absurd and the fear is that 10,000 Birds will now be considered some kind of sick fetish porn site. Which, if you think about it, we kind of are already if only in a very abstract way. After all, birders like titillation and visual depictions of the objects of their affection as much, if not more, than most people. Even the name “bird-watcher” is a clear sign of our voyeuristic ways.

But can you blame us? Birds are magnificent to look at and we like to look. Birds are fascinating to learn about and we like to learn. Birds are just plain awesome and we are more than willing to give up sleep, weekends, and our sanity in order to spend more time with feathered creatures. Sure, birders by our very nature may be voyeuristic perverts stalking and staring at birds but there is nothing wrong with that! Hopefully Bird Love Week, if it did nothing else, allowed us all to let our freak flag fly and enjoy birds being birds no matter what they were doing at the time.

And what did we cover? Here is the full line-up of Bird Love Week posts:

Sunday, 22 April

Welcome to Bird Love Week!

Purple Swamphen Love

Do Birds Feel Love?

Monday, 23 April

Mating American Oystercatchers

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Courtship Dance

Do Birds Have Penises?

Tuesday, 24 April

Bird Love Week: How They Get It Done

Turkeys Gone Wild

Maroon-tailed Parakeets Love Making

Wednesday, 25 April

The Dance of the Albatross

Osprey Love in Northern California

Thursday, 26 April

Most Well-endowed Birds

Bunny Love

Friday, 27 April

Polyandry and Polygynandry on the Tundra

Dance Me to the End of Love

Common Terns Mating

Saturday, 28 April

You’d Better Shape Up Up Up Up

We just hope that we didn’t finish too soon and that all of our readers are fully satiated. What will be our next theme week? We won’t say but we will leave a clue – it will follow logically from this one!

A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?

-Drew Barrymore

Bird Love Week is seven days of exploration of avian amore here on 10,000 Birds from April 22-28. We love birds, and the topic of birds loving other birds and in the process making more birds is a fascinating one we know you will enjoy. Mike, Corey, and a bevy of Beat Writers have been working on this one for awhile as the perfect expression of our love of all things avian. To see all of our Bird Love Week posts, just click here. But be warned – Bird Love Week is neither for the faint of heart nor for the permanently prudish – you may end up with images that you never imagined seared onto your brain.


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 and Desmond Shearwater. 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.