In the last hours of 2007, as December and the year as a whole wind to a close, one can only marvel at what a month we’ve had at 10,000 Birds! One of the highlights of the month was definitely the continuation and conclusion of our BIRD: The Definitive Visual Guide Giveaway. Readers had to choose from six spectacular essays in praise of beloved birds and the competition was fierce indeed. The ideas for Timeless Holiday Gifts for Birders were also outstanding, sure to be a perrenial resource for shoppers everywhere. All in all, the giveaway was so much fun that we’re looking forward to the next one.

December was huge for Corey as he finished off his New York State Big Year in style. In a Herculean act of twitching, he pulled sweet species like Harlequin Duck, Glaucous Gull, Long-eared Owl, Townsend’s Solitaire, and a passel of pelagic species. Not content to rest on his laurels, he’s already planning his Anti-Global Warming Big Year 2008.

Charlie’s got a 2008 Big Year on his mind as well and this one will be a competition! While he took some time this month to sharpen his already formidable birding skills, he also shared some critical insights into how to be a quite good bird photographer, namely RTBM (Read The Bloody Manual) and which camera one should buy.

As for me, my first (and second and third and tenth) real views of Common Redpolls were the highlight of my birding month. Actually, a pilgrimage to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was pretty special too. In my darker December moments, I bemoaned the Nadir of my Birding Career but looking back over our collective Top 10 Nature Moments of 2007 was a lot more enjoyable! I’m sure I speak for the whole crew here when I say we’re really looking forward to avian chasing adventure in 2008.

What did you love about December 2007 on our blog?

Common Redpoll

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.