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A Blog for all Seasons

July 21, 2008
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On July 20, 2007, I first jumped into the blog pool with the very first post of The Drinking Bird. It was a somewhat inauspicious start, fueled largely by Ivory-billed Woodpecker rants and posts with tiny tiny photos, and read by only around 4 people, two of which were my parents.

Exactly 250 posts later, I’ve completed my first year in the blogosphere, and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the way things are going. I think I’ve become a better writer, certainly a better birder, and I’ve met some really cool people through the interweb, folks who I hope I’ll come across in the field in the upcoming year. I’d like to think I’ve made a place for myself in the bird blog community. And while I still feel there are many nature bloggers who are certainly better writers than me, and absolutely better photographers than me, I think I’ve created a nice little niche here, if for no other reason than as an example of birding in North Carolina and the Southeast, one that needed filling if I may say so myself. Much of the circumspect aspects of my year in blogging can be found in a post I wrote last week, but here’s some more thoughts:

North Carolina is a phenomenal birding state. From the Appalachians to the Sandhills to the Outer Banks and beyond, the diversity of habitats, and therefore, the diversity of birds is top-notch. Not only have I immensely enjoyed birding the state since I moved here, but this Big Year endeavor would likely not have been undertaken had I not had a medium with which to share it. I don’t know that my blog would be nearly as interesting had I not taken on the challenge, and I know I wouldn’t have nearly as much to post about.

Highlights of the year? Definitely hosting I and the Bird (I just might have to do it again this coming year), the Big Year and the presidential previews all stand out. It’s been fun, to say the least.

And to celebrate it, I’m going birding. Wood Storks and Painted Bunting call from down south, my Big Year tally has been stuck at 250 for nearly a month, and it might be interesting to see if Tropical Storm Cristobal dropped anything interesting in my lap. Plus I’ve got a pair of bins still with that new-glass smell than need to be put through their field paces.

Thanks for reading y’all, I’ll keep trying to make it worth your while to come back.

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4 Comments
  1. John permalink
    July 21, 2008 8:54 am

    Congratulations on the milestone! I hope you keep it going.

  2. corey permalink
    July 21, 2008 9:09 am

    And here’s to many more…

  3. cyberthrush permalink
    July 21, 2008 2:06 pm

    Congrats! on one of the most consistently well-written birding (and ‘whatnot’) blogs out there… and of course good to know that your original motivation came from the Ivory-billed Woodpecker ;-))

  4. July 21, 2008 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, guys.

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