Controversy and conflict are nothing new to the internet. Controversy and conflict are also nothing new to birders. Both the online world and the birding world are full of disputes, arguments, disagreements, squabbles, and quarrels. Rather than hide from conflict, ignore controversy, and pretend everyone gets along about everything we here at 10,000 Birds decided we would have a week where we writers welcome wrangling. This week will be full of polemics, rants, diatribes, and harangues. You may not agree with some of the things that you read on 10,000 Birds this week. So be it. We invite you to clap back at me and Mike and all of our wonderful writers in the comments because each of us will be challenging you to Come@Me!

That said, we don’t think any of our post topics are beyond the pale. For example, you will find no one arguing for outdoor cats, drunk driving on a twitch, or rooting for the New York Mets. All of those are clearly indefensible topics. We are more refined, merely enjoying invasive species, thinking extinct birds are gone and you should get over it, and that those who like to watch gulls probably have a screw or two loose. You can see our full week’s worth of scheduled offerings below:

7AM – Intro Post
1PM – Clare: Cameras with AA Batteries are the Best
7AM –  Corey: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls
1PM –  Mike: All Empids Should Be Lumped
7AM –  Donna: Don’t Mourn for Extinct Birds
1PM –  Erica: New Birders Are More Fun Than Experienced Birders
7AM – Duncan: Birders Don’t Need to Dress Like Geeky Desert Storm Cosplayers
1PM –  Meredith: Bald Eagles are Tools
7PM – Greg: If Birds are Dinosaurs I’m a Monkey’s Uncle
7AM –  Dragan: Watching Gulls is for Weirdos
1PM –  Larry: Hunters are not Conservationists
7PM – Jochen: Spring Sparrows are Way Cooler than Spring Warblers
1PM – Carrie: Invasive Species Can Be Awesome
7PM – Corey – Twitchers are Losers
7AM –  Patrick: Hummingbirds are Jerks
1PM – Redgannet: Bird Names Suck
7PM – Closing Ceremonies
Does this sound like a fun week or what? Can you handle Come@Me Week? We’re going to have a blast! Come on back each and every day to agree or argue!
Come@Me Week is a cheap ploy ginned up by some high priced consultants we at 10,000 Birds hired and then stiffed on the bill. We’re desperately trying to stay relevant in a bird blogosphere being decimated by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and memes. We here at 10,000 Birds have no shame and it was either this or lots of posts about woodcocks, boobies, and woodpeckers. All the posts in Come@Me Week are probably the opinions of the authors of said posts and no one else. Well, except maybe you. Weirdo. Agree? Disagree? We’ll see you in the comments. Or, more likely, on Facebook. Sigh…
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.