Posted by: Dan | October 26, 2006

I and the Bird, issue 35

The show that you’ve all been waiting for has arrived: the 35th episode of
I and the Bird, chock-full of tales relating some of our most charismatic and inspiring avifauna.


People who watch a banded gray catbird outside their window all summer will find it hard not to wonder exactly where it’s spending the winter, or to marvel that science still doesn’t have the answer. And if the catbird doesn’t come back, they, too, will inevitably wonder why. (Miyoko Chu, author of Songbird Journeys)

And without beating around the bush any longer, the promised carnival:

First, the Aussies…

We have Brown Snakes and Woodswallows at Trevor’s Birding blog (South Australia).

There’s a Spring Surveys at the Swallow Lagoon Reserve, as retold on the Ben Cruachan blog (Victoria). Trillers, Cuckoos, and Whistlers were seen, among others.

Some Dapper Ducks were noticed from A Snail’s Eye View (Victoria).

And The Pigeon with Stars in its Hair was seen by the Wanderling on Search and Serendipity (Papua New Guinea). It would seem that this birder had an awe-inspiring sight.

Next, a Brit joins in,

Giving us the Ribble events for Autumn on the conservationist site Save the Ribble (Lancashire). It seems those chaps are pretty squared away for the season.

And from North America…

Some Gambel’s Quail were sited at the Tortoise Trail blog (Arizona). It’s nice to have such a decorative bird gracing one’s patio.

Birds in San Fransisco recounts a free afternoon in the city and at the art museum, and the birds seen, on The Greenbelt (normally Maryland).

Then, Eek! A Shriek! Apparently I’m not the only one who invents amusing but silly names for birds, if the tale on Rurality (Alabama) is true.

Do you like Peregrines and Predatory Bird Conservation? Then stop in to Bird DC (Washington DC) to see an interview with Brian Walton, the coordinator of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.

While Turning Towards Winter, a walk along the National Arboretum yielded some nice observations of seasons changing and of birds on A DC Birding blog (Washington DC), including one late migrant: a Scarlet Tanager.

There’s a Fake Paper Fesigned for a Class on Birds Farting that’s quite entertaining on Science Creative Quarterly (British Columbia). Just remember to follow your nose.

It’s Old Photo Friday over at Coyote Mercury (Texas), with a very scenic shot of vultures in a tree.

Mike noticed some interesting Birds of Irving, Texas, as he tells it, over on 10,000 Birds – the highlight being a squadron of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.

You can go take a Walk on the Wild Basin Side over at Don’t Mess With Taxes (Texas). Black-capped Vireos, Monarch butterflies, and a review on the Wild Basin Preserve are the spectacles.

The Hermit Thrush is All A-Quiver over at Bootstrap Analysis, who comments on an interesting thrush foraging behavior.

Don’t forget the Bird(ing) Food – or that’s the advice over at the Hawk Owl’s Nest (New Jersey) anyway, because birdwatchers get hungry too.

Be sure to catch the Blog-erview with Kevin T. Karlson, author of The Shorebird Guide, on WildBird on the Fly (California). It’s a great post for bird photography enthusiasts.

If you’re Searching For a Woodpecker, stop by The Bird Nerd‘s (California) avian adventures in Napa Valley for comments on various woodpecker’s one might come across. Included is a beautiful picture of a Nuttall’s Woodpecker!

I saw an Ivorybill! Well Okay, I didn’t really. But that’s the title of the post at The Birdchaser (Pennsylvania), who relates his thoughts and concerns about the Auburn and Cornell teams and the status of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, following a talk at the recent AOU conference in Veracruz.

And last, but not least, my own contribution on Yard Birds – resident and migratory songbirds that I’ve enjoyed watching as I write my dissertation recently.


Thanks for reading, and many thanks to those who’ve contributed posts!

The next (36th) I and the Bird will be at Words and Pictures. To contribute to IATB #36, see here.


  1. Nice one Dan, thanks.

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  3. […] Migrations speak to us, not just as observers of nature but as integral parts of it. The world moves and, deep inside, we long to move with it. I hope you’re open to Migrations speaking to you today, because that’s where Dan Rhoads, biologist, bird watcher, and blogger, brings you his splendid I and the Bird #35. […]

  4. Very lovely selection – as a newcomer to this carnival I keep finding new blogs to read! Thanks so much.

  5. I and the Bird #35

    It’s here, the 35th edition of I and the Bird, the carnival of bird and birder blogging. Up at, appropriately for the season, Migrations.

  6. I and the Bird #35

    The 35th I and the Bird was posted online this morning at Migrations. Every two weeks, I and the Bird celebrates the best of bird-related blogging from around the internet.


    Blog carnival

  7. Great job, Dan! Most enjoyable. Now on to that Ph.D. defense … all the best.

  8. […] 10/26/06 I and the Bird #35 – Migrations […]

  9. […] I and the Bird #35 – latest edition of this birding carnival. […]

  10. well done Dan! I hope to catch up on all the entries (and past carnivals) soon.

  11. Friday Ark #110

    We’ll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and….? We add boarder…

  12. OOoooooOOOOooooOOo!

    A final reminder: Get those entries in, by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Mountain Time. The Conservative Cat has taken down his carnival submittal form, but Blog Carnival still has theirs, and that is my strong preference for entries. The form makes things much ea…

  13. […] Yes, birds and butterflies are heading south, but the Migrations we focus on today is Dan Rhoads’ blog, which is host of the 35th I and the Bird. […]

    Very nice job. Thanks for hosting.

  14. […] 35th I and the Bird was posted online this morning at Migrations. Every two weeks, I and the Bird celebrates the best […]


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