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January 22, 2010

An amazing hand-drawn I and the Bird #117 from the Marvelous in Nature


Hark, a cry, sounding suspiciously like the kent of a long lost Campephilus, goes out from a normally mild-mannered bird blogger in Massachusetts.  A competition is in need of the very best bird bloggerdom has to offer, those young men, in the prime of their lives, willing to do whatever it takes in the name searching out birds to make the ultimate sacrifice of leaving behind friends and family to join up in what is undoubtedly a holy crusade.  Those self-same bloggers, who brave wind and snow and furrowing sea turning to ice in the air to find, and count, and win.  A team, a dream team even, who separately are formidable with bins and scope and who are known individually across the webbosphere but together, this day, of all days are known to strike fear into the hearts of their competition, to send chills as ICEE as the 7-11 drink that bears that name down the backs of competitive birders across New England as…

the Bloggerhead Kingbirds!

Yeah, Birdorable did our logo.  Sweet, no?

That’s right folks.  We’re heading back to the competition that brought the original Bloggerhead Kingbirds the fame and fortune that we’ve all spent this past year enjoying, the seventh edition of the SuperBowl of Birding!  Last year’s competition saw us finish in 6th place out of 20 or so teams. This year we’re going for broke with some guys from last year returning and a few new faces looking to prove their worth on the juggernaut that is this team.

Returning from last year are yours truly, of course, looking to prove once again that we southerners are as tough as any Yankees in the cold, our fearless leader, route planner, and local guru, Christopher of Picus Blog, and the one and only Corey of 10000 Birds who will undoubtedly join me in regaling our fellow teammates with tales of dirty diapers and infant developmental milestones.

New to the team, but not to anyone familiar with nature blogging, are rated rookies John of A DC Birding Blog, Andrew of BirdingDude, and Mike of the Feather and the Flower.  We’re sad to say goodbye to Patrick and Quintus from last year, but as Patrick is instead going to be in sunny Puerto Rico rather than freezing his butt off in Essex County, it’s hard to feel too sorry for him.

Last year was a trial run, and in many ways we were excited just to be there.  In our novice glee we wasted time on birds and at places that we ended up needing at the end of the day and probably drove Super Bowl vet Christopher crazy with the need for just one more digiscope.  But this year, we’re gonna be all business and maybe, just maybe, we can better our sixth place finish and end up in the money.  We certainly have the talent, and with a little luck we’re right up there.

So one week from today, I’ll be on my to Boston for the big competition.  Watch out Massachusetts, the Kingbirds are coming.

  1. January 22, 2010 9:19 am

    Just one week until we dunk Andrew, Mike, and John into the Atlantic. Hope they are ready!

  2. January 22, 2010 11:19 am

    I’ll have my PC with me so I’ll try to keep tabs on you guys. Are you going to tweet it again? I’ll be sure to follow you on my cell.

    Next year, we should try this in Essex County, NJ. That would be an experience. We can bird in Newark!

  3. Nate permalink*
    January 22, 2010 11:56 am

    @Corey- No doubt!

    @Patrick- I don’t know if I will be, but I suspect John and Andrew, as dedicated twitterati, will have something up their sleeves.

  4. January 22, 2010 11:56 am

    I’m looking forward to next week’s trip.

    I’ll provide twitter updates when I can. We should set up a hashtag for it. Maybe #SBB2010 or #kingbirds?

  5. Nate permalink*
    January 22, 2010 8:25 pm

    @John- That’s a good idea. I was thinking of creating a brand new twitter account, but your way is probably much better.

  6. January 22, 2010 11:18 pm

    Probably more people would read it if you used your own than if you created a new twitter account.

  7. January 23, 2010 1:19 am

    Awesome guys! Best of luck to ya. John is right about using your own Twitter account to tweet!

  8. Nate permalink*
    January 23, 2010 10:46 pm

    @John- You’re probably right. I defer to those with greater twitter instincts.

    @Larry- Thanks!

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