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I and the Bird #61: As Seen on TV!

November 1, 2007

Cue theme music and…

Hi guys! Are you tired of searching randomly across the internet looking for something you want to read? Do you wish there was somewhere you could go to access all your favorite web-sights? And if you’re anything like me you hate typing in all those confusing letters to access your favorite bird net-blogs on the information superweb. How confusing!! Every site has its own combination of letters and symbols that indicates where it is! How can the average person with a job and 2.4 kids remember them all? Am I right?

You couldn’t be more right N8. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been looking for a good bird blog and I end up reading something about dying Nigerian princes and cheap prescription medicine.

Whoa, Suzanne Somers, where did you come from? Next time let me know, geez. But you’re sooo right, the interweb can be an intimidating place for the uninitiated. What are you supposed to do? Let those fat-cats in Washington tell you what you should look at? Type “bird blog” into Froggle and let it decide what you should see?

Look what I typed N8! hsadkjhfsdhkj. I can’t find anything! Can you help me?

That’s just a random string of letters, Suzanne. And you wrote it on a Magna doodle. I don’t know that anyone can help you. But have I got the product for you and other folks who just can’t be troubled to type in the names of their favorite websites. It’s a super-duper time-saver from the producers of such great products as this and this. Are you ready to hear what it is?


Really ready?!?


Really rea-

Oh, just get on with it!!

Fine, it’s the brand new “I and the Bird“!!!! This fully integrated, fully automated, fully birdinated new product will allow you, yes YOU, to fill all your bird blogging needs! This one-stop blogging shop allows you the visitor to choose which birding blogs to frequent without having to deal with all those pesky wwws and dot-coms.

I wanna hear what it is!!

Oh come ON, pay attention Suzanne!! You’re not helping! But all you out there in interweb land, with just 4 easy payments of $19.95 you could get these great blogs!

Matt from Sitka Nature has a close encounter of the grebe kind in Stealth and a dose of Ornery

John from A DC Birding Blog goes a-sparrowin’ in Sparrows in Abundance

Duncan from the Ben Cruachen Blog is terning terning terning towards birds and bugs in Change of Plan #2

Fred from Fragments from Floyd gets comfy with Ravens in Wiser, Bird by Bird

Corey of 10000 birds goes birdspotting auf Deutsch in Birding Karrendorfer Wiesen

Patrick of The Hawk Owl’s Nest finds out what’s really in a name in Birding History: Lichtenstein’s Oriole

Jochen at Bell Tower Birding sticks his neck out in Bird of the Month: Common Crane

Those are really great alright, but don’t you think the price is too high?

You’re killing me Suzanne, but you may be right about that. Ok fine, the next 4 people to comment can have those super blogs for only 4 payments of……. $14.95! Plus The Drinking Bird will give to you this nearly 100% stainless steel melon-baller absolutely free of charge. That’s right, my boss is going to kill me when he hears I’ve done this. Just 4 easy payments by cash, check or money order of $14.95 and you’ll get those amazing birdwatching blogs… plus the melon-baller, and I’ll tell you what, you guys are so great, I’m just going to throw in these phenomenal blogs too….

Birdman James weighs in with a beautiful treatise on the season’s end and birdfinders past in Samhain and the Vagrant Mind

Nicholas from Biological Ramblings gets in touch with his inner Ammodramus in Sharp-tailed Sparrow species limits

YC from the Bird Ecology Study Group weighs in with a tale of persistence in The One that didn’t get away

Delson of Friendly Animals introduces all to the gorgeous Coppersmith Barbet

Katie of Bogbumper cleans up real nice in Preening for Dummies

The Birdfreak Team finds refuge in our country’s refuges in Refuge Watch


That’s like half-off!!!

[Bangs head on table] Are you kidding me right now Suzanne? The point remains folks, this is a terrific deal that you should take advantage of right NOW! Just listen to these inspiring testimonials!!!!

Paris Hilton, Los Angeles, Ca- I and the Bird? That’s hot.

Senator Larry Craig, Boise, Id – I love I and the Bird, I have never not loved I and the Bird.

Wow, they certainly can’t get enough of this stuff, and neither will you! Look, I just got word that I and the Bird is going fast and I’d love to move these last few units, so I’m going to give them to you for…wait for it… FREE! That’s right, FREE! I’m out of my mind!!! And that’s not even all, I’ve got these sensational blogs just lying around that I’ll add to this amazing one time only deal!

Nancy, the Zen Birdfeeder,wonders where did all the Grosbeaks go? in Evening Grosbeak- A Common Bird in decline

Noflickster at The Feather and the Flower enjoys the seasonal fare in Here we are now, entertain us

Greg over at Conservation Conversations has Dixie on his mind in Nothing Finer than Carolina

Will at The Nightjar bets the house in Checklist Musings: House Sparrow

Drew of The Nemesis Bird gets some sparrows of his own in My Sparrow fest

Ecobirder does a little hawk-watching in Sharp-shinned and Other raptors at Hawk Ridge

[Studio audience rushes stage] We gotta have I and the Bird!!

Hold on folks…wait…just…but Suzanne is over there…. argghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

This I and the Bird will be re-run at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 and 11:30 am. The next I and the Bird will be at Greg Laden’s Blog on Nov. 15. Get your submissions to Greg at “greg AT gregladen DOT com”.

  1. Charlie permalink
    November 1, 2007 8:30 am

    GREAT JOB!! Loved it, I have to have one of those – and I mean NOW!

  2. slybird permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:09 am

    Awesome! It makes me want an I and the Bird! Featured bloggers get free samples, right? 🙂

  3. Mike permalink
    November 1, 2007 9:25 am

    N8, this is a riot. Well done!

  4. November 1, 2007 10:06 am

    Thanks guys, it was fun. The product is on it’s way to your doorstep. Cash on Delivery of course…

  5. Will permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:26 am

    Really slick!

    But good luck when Billy Mays sues you for using his likeness without his permission!

    Great job.

  6. The Zen Birdfeeder permalink
    November 1, 2007 10:27 am

    Throw in some Ginzu steak knives and it’s a deal!
    Nice job and thanks!

  7. Amy permalink
    November 1, 2007 12:28 pm

    What a fabulous product! But, is there a money-back guarantee with this??

  8. noflickster permalink
    November 1, 2007 1:28 pm

    Awesome! Destined to be a classic, up there with those George Foreman grill things, those Magic Bullet blender things, and that Esteban guitar playing thing. Er, guy.

    Nicely played!

  9. drew permalink
    November 1, 2007 4:33 pm

    Nice presentation! First time I saw Paris Hilton in a bird blog…

  10. Jochen permalink
    November 2, 2007 2:32 am

    Holy cramp, this was absolutely great!
    I just gotta link to Paris Hilton’s bird blog! I mean, she’s bound to have one if she’s so fond of I and the Bird, right?


  11. Clare permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:11 am

    Um, is this where I order the ginsu knives and the pocket fisherman?

  12. November 2, 2007 7:56 am

    Thanks again everybody. I was fortunate to get some really great submissions too.

    Just so that you’re all not wondering though, there’s no money back guarantee, please read the fine print. Caveat emptor and all…

  13. wolf21m permalink
    November 2, 2007 4:46 pm

    If the great senator from my own state of Idaho likes it, I gotta have it too! (oh wait, I don’t think I mean that…)

  14. Duncan permalink
    November 2, 2007 5:50 pm

    This is one ad break I won’t mute!

  15. PetMono permalink
    November 2, 2007 6:58 pm

    Don’t forget the pocket fisherman!

  16. Patrick Belardo permalink
    November 5, 2007 3:50 pm

    N8, great job. It’s even more fun if you read it in a British accent like that one informercial host.

  17. Veery permalink
    November 6, 2007 6:19 pm

    Well done, super entertaining!

  18. Becky permalink
    May 20, 2008 10:53 am

    Awesome, N8! I can’t believe we get a melon baller. Can we have a miracle thaw too? We could use a second in the prep lab…

    Great Job!

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