The last installment of I and the Bird in 2010 should inspire both contemplation of birds gone by and anticipation of avians yet to observe.  Bird watching may always (must always) occur in the moment, but this endeavor casts a long shadow on our lives, linking months, years, and — dare I say it — decades together bird by beautiful bird. Birders, exquisitely attuned to phenology, live each season deeply and attend each one’s passage attentively. So as autumn falls into winter and 2010 improves to a shining new 2011, consider the birds of your yesterday, today, and tomorrow. For inspiration, enjoy Craig Nash’s terrifically Twitterific edition of  I and the Bird #140!

If you are a bird blogger, prepare to ring in the New Year with a man who is passionate about both his birding and his blogging, Robert Mortensen of Birding is Fun. Robert is hosting the first edition of 2011 on January 6, so get your links and summaries to me (mike AT 10000birds DOT com) or Robert (birdingisfun AT gmail DOT com) by January 4. And have a very Happy New Year!!

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.