One of the many reasons we’re so enchanted with avians is most definitely that phenomenal power of flight. Why is it then that the birds we seek so rarely use their wings to fly to us? We all exist within the orbit of certain avifauna; where I’m from, European invasives are always underfoot and I’m rarely outside earshot of a crow, cardinal, or jay. And we can certainly entice a bounty of bodacious birds with the proper feederstock. Most birds beyond these, however, must be seen where they are, or at least where we expect them to be. So we go to the birds. We seek them. We stalk them. Sometimes, we even CHASE them.
Rob Fergus knows more than his share about chasing birds. Rob has a storied history as a birder, scientist, guide, and gadabout. In blogging circles, he’s best known as The Birdchaser, a consummate twitcher who will go to the bird wherever it may be. Fortunately for us, Rob has taken time out of his endless avian odyssey to present a star-studded edition of I and the Bird #136.
For those of you new to the world’s longest running nature blog carnival, I and the Bird is an ongoing online collaboration celebrating the interaction of human and avian, a shared exploration of the endless fascination with birdlife all around the world. The IATB page explains the whole shebang in great deal, but essentially every other Thursday, you’ll find a free showcase of the best bird writing on the web hosted by a different exceptional bird blogger. Isn’t that amazing?
Reading I and the Bird costs nothing, and neither does participating. Simply send a link and summary to your best recent blog post about birding or wild birds to me or the next scheduled host, The Ridger (kmdavisus AT yahoo DOT com) over at The Greenbelt by October 26 for the 10/28 edition.