I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.

-Emily Dickinson

This week of posts will either win great acclaim or great notoriety. Or perhaps both. Birds, like all adaptive organisms, are slaves to what is perhaps the most well known of the biological imperatives – reproduction. But, of course, birds do not spontaneously reproduce. Different species do one or some of the following: sing, migrate, dance, build, fight, display, deceive, cuckold, kill, allopreen, beg, feed, self-mutilate, and, of course, copulate. Birds have evolved behaviors from the incredibly simple to the amazingly bizarre in order to pass their genes to the next generation.

Over the next week we at 10,000 Birds will be exploring the topic of Bird Love from a variety of perspectives. Several posts will feature images of birds making other birds so if you are prudish or averse to bird porn you might want to avoid the blog for the next week. But, of course, you are a 10,000 Birds reader, so odds are that the very idea of such posts leave you wanting more. Fortunately, more is what we are going to deliver, as we will provide a host of posts on everything from “Do Birds Feel Love?” to dancing albatrosses.

Intrigued yet? We hope so! Strap on your binoculars and get ready for Bird Love Week! It is going to be a heck of a ride!

A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?

-Drew Barrymore

Bird Love Week is seven days of exploration of avian amore here on 10,000 Birds from April 22-28. We love birds, and the topic of birds loving other birds and in the process making more birds is a fascinating one we know you will enjoy. Mike, Corey, and a bevy of Beat Writers have been working on this one for awhile as the perfect expression of our love of all things avian. To see all of our Bird Love Week posts, just click here. But be warned – Bird Love Week is neither for the faint of heart nor for the permanently prudish – you may end up with images that you never imagined seared onto your brain.


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.