I and the Bird

Despite their dramatically different settings, birding and blogging are a lot alike.  For one, they’re both a lot of fun, assuming you like that sort of thing. Both pursuits tend to be addictive too, as our non-participating partners might woefully attest! Finally, they both take time to master, though newbies often mistake outstanding results (rarities/traffic) for exceptional achievement.

The intersection of birding, blogging, and time comes to mind because the host of the newest I and the Bird is none other than John Beetham of A DC Birding Blog. Regular readers of IATB know John well as he’s not only hosted before, but been a part of practically every edition since the beginning. In fact, I remember that he got in touch with me right before our beloved birding carnival launched. Great timing, I say. Since then, he’s shown a master’s dedication to both birding and blogging.  I’m intrigued to see how the DC birding blogger is going to manage now that he’s not birding DC, but first I want to check out I and the Bird #57!

As good as birding and blogging can be as separate interests, the thrill of combining these disparate passions can be exhilarating.  Why don’t you try it, and then share the results with the audience of I and the Bird?  Our next distinguished host is Will of The Nightjar.  Please send your submissions, one to a customer, to me or Will (hoaryredpoll AT hotmail DOT com) by Tuesday, September 18.

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.