Welcome to the 30th edition of I and the Bird. We’ve received a wonderful collection of interesting and informative submissions from near and far. Topics range from species identification and behaviour, to birding trips to a variety of destinations, to avian health issues. I hope you’ll enjoy reading each piece as much as I did while assembling this edition. So, without further ado, read on!
To begin, Carel at Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding, provides us with a wonderfully illustrated essay entitled Glorious Goatsuckers. I’d also like to call reader’s attention to another piece by Carel, Death at the Cemetery, part of which deals with the topic of Avian Botulism.
At Snail’s Tales, Aydin shares photos of Barn swallows in Turkey.
Pamela at Thomasburg Walks, writes of the nesting habits of House Wrens in her photo essay In the Company of Wrens.
In Yikes! Bald Birds, Nuthatch at Bootstrap Analysis provides us with a fascinating analysis – complete with photographs – of the phenomenon of unusual loss of head feathers in birds.
John at Birds Etcetera introduces us to a Celebrity Birder. This one came as a bit of a surprise to me!
Hot off the press following his vacation, Mike of 10000 Birds recounts his Maine Downeast Acadia Birding Trip Report
In What We’ve Learned So Far This Summer, robin and roger at Dharma Bums share insights and some wonderful photos of young birds.
At Migrations, Dan shares some of his musings and Observations at the Birdfeeder.
Nick at birdDC shares a trip to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware to find terns and waders and add a couple of life birds to his list.
At Words & Pictures, Roger writes of one reminder that summer is Swiftly Slipping Away.
In Playin’ hooky, Amy at Wildbird on the Fly writes of doing the sensible thing and dropping everything to take off for the Salton Sea in search of the Blue-footed Booby.
Charlie at Charlie’s Bird Blog provides a comprehensive photo-story on the recently established Parque do Zizo near Sao Paulo, Brazil.
At The Hawk Owl’s Nest, Patrick writes about the bird that got him interested in birding.
In A Room with a View, Duncan at Ben Cruachan describes (complete with photos) how some colorful birds brightened up the day.
Angie at Premenopaws, sends us this photo essay on Dove Love (Warning: sensitive views may wish to cover their eyes).
From Papua New Guinea, David at Search and Serendipity writes of his fleeting glimpse of Just one against the clouds, and about recent encounters with and observations of House Sparrows in PNG.
In The Silent Exodus Has Begun Cindy at WoodSong reminds us that, although it is not officially “fall” just yet, the migration has begun. Also from Cindy is this excellent piece on West Nile Virus Facts
At Earth, Wind & Water Tai haku writes of Greenhouse Birds in the UK.
Also from the UK, The Hornet’s Nest reports on Little Ringed Plovers at Leam Valley.
From Sweden, Martin at Salto sobrius listens in on some Treetop Drummers
John at A DC Birding Blog, writes of shorebirds, and more specifically, of identifying the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.
At Stokes Birding Blog, Lillian and Don have posted a photo account of the First flight of a House Wren, and Reserved Seating for a Mourning Dove.
In Betting my retirement on Avian Select Fund 2006, Kay at Don’t Mess with Taxes, explains why birding is such a good investment.
Rick from Aimophila Adventures tells us about Hummingbirds and the Limits of Knowing.
And finally, my own contribution right here at Burning Silo, a story of danger and rescue in the woods .
That’s it for this edition! A special thanks to all of the contributors for the many fascinating pieces. I hope I haven’t missed anything that was submitted — if I did, please let me know a.s.a.p. Also, if any of the links aren’t working correctly, let me know.
The next edition of I and the Bird is coming up on August 31, 2006 at Migrateblog. If you would like to submit a post for consideration, please send it to mariya.strauss [at] gmail.com before that date.
Notes: Chickadee photo by bev wigney – click on image for larger view.