May has been kind to we 10,000 Birds bloggers. Once again the number of visitors and page views set monthly records: in fact the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was the only day that brought less than 1,000 visitors to the site. And though it is doubtful that the numbers will bear this out it seems like the three of us saw as many birds as we had visitors. Whether we were appreciating migration, birding in far-flung locales, or doing a Big Day, we saw birds, lots of birds.

Charlie continued to make everyone green with envy as he passed the 850 species mark on his Big Year.  He birded South Africa, Chicago, South Africa, Bangalore, and did I mention South Africa?  In between birding excursions Charlie kept up with the steady stream of 10,000 Birds Clinic questions, rounding up a week’s worth of questions here, here, and here.  He also celebrated World Migratory Bird Day, wrote a review, did a 60 Second Sell, and saw a cool bug.  Not only that, but he took time to smell (ok, see and photograph) a Swainson’s Francolin at dawn.

Mike wrote about a skill all men should have (no, not that one) when he wasn’t birding.  When he was birding he got to the Bronx, Manhattan, Nassau County, a little bit upstate, Queens (two posts worth!), and Yonkers.  Not only that, he started a new weekly feature, asking where our readers will be birding each weekend.

Corey spent most of his time birding from his current home, close to his current home, the home he grew up in, and the home he recently vacated.  He also gave a tour of Forest Park, a place he birds from time to time.  And he also wrote up his Queens Big Day.  Corey focused on hummingbirds, plants, and a baby raccoon through the view-finder of his camera and put up a quiz which will be answered in June.

As for carnivals, well, we hosted two, Learning in the Great Outdoors # 12 and Festival of the Trees # 23.  Mike also wrote a couple more complimentary and complete introductions to I and the Bird.

We also started the Young Birder’s Guide Giveaway, and reminded our readers to enter.

It was a heck of a month here at 10,000 Birds but with migration dwindling to a trickle we surely won’t have anything to write about in June, right?  Come back soon and find out!

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.