Will September 2007 be remembered as the month 10,000 Birds introduced Welcome Wednesday, the soapbox from which our blogless readers can expound on issues related to birding, nature, and conservation? The three guest posts this month, When the Blackbirds Returned, Born Again as a Birder, and The Unseen, Nocturnal River of Birds respectively, were all fantastic and we look forward to featuring plenty more.
Perhaps this month will be recalled for the release of the brand new, highly stylish 10,000 Birds T-shirts. Have you ordered yours yet?
I suspect that September 2007, like so many months before it, will be remembered for the plethora of outstanding posts and photos published by Charlie, Corey, and sometimes even me on our beloved bird blog. At least I’d like to think that’s how the month will be remembered, especially with posts like Charlie’s brilliant trip report to Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv and Corey’s ongoing adventures in New York State Big Year birding.
Conservation was very much on our minds this month. Besides looking back wistfully at Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, we discussed the plights of albatrosses, Spoon-billed Sandpipers, Edible-nest Swiftlets, and Long-tailed Macaques while exploring the implications of the 2007 edition of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
We were fortunate to receive recognition and comments in abundance. Besides being included in a bevy of blog carnivals, 10,000 Birds was mentioned in a birding blog article in the Wall Street Journal online edition. Not only that, but my post on raptor migration was Stumbled (thanks, Wild Flora!) The most heavily commented posts were Corey’s Red-tailed Hawk photo montage and challenging quiz featuring three mystery birds.
September 2007 saw new highs in visits and page views on the site. The most popular single post continues to be Another Sexy Redhead, but now that football season is here, seahawks are gaining considerable ground; I’m sure this provides some sort of insight into the male mind. Duck jokes, mockingbirds, milkweed, and manky mallards also remain hot search topics. The posts from September that attracted the most interest were Corey’s two quizzes, my hawkwatch piece, and Charlie’s memoriam to Martha.
It’s hard to believe it, but with 70+ posts, this summary just scratches the surface of what we covered in September 2007. What did you enjoy on 10,000 Birds this month?