April 12, 2006

I and the Bird #21

Filed under: Uncategorized — seth @ 5:20 pm

Last week I was involved in a panel discussion at a conference of museum professionals in New York State.  I am not a museum professional.  My purpose there was to discuss the use of museum resources in a secondary classroom.  (Yes, this is I and the Bird, and I apologize for the tangential beginning.)  I was a bit out of my element, but those museum folks want to make their collections more accessible to teachers and students.  They sought the opinions of someone who uses what they have.  While teachers and museum curators have different worlds, those worlds intersect and at those intersections synergy is created.

This week I am hosting I and the Bird, which is a review of serious birders doing what they enjoy and then writing about it.  I am not a serious birder.  I am a professional teacher and amateur bookseller, and frequent visitor to many of the websites featured below.  My own blogging efforts concentrate on the world of books and bookselling.  When Mike asked me to host, I did not accept right away for feeling a bit out of place.  One Amazon search for the word “Sparrow” later and my hesitation disappeared.  Looking at over one thousand results, I thought, “What could be a better pairing than birds and books?”

So I accepted, and the submissions began.  Again, a daunting feeling crept into my mind.  I found myself lacking the vocabulary to fully understand many of the posts.  I have never seen a Double-banded Plover!  And if I did, I might call it a seagull. (Rookie alert!)  How does one bring something new or interesting to the table when one is speaking to experts?  And so I came to the panel discussion on museum resources.  I was not there to discuss what museum educators already know.  I was there to discuss with them my outside point of view.

And so I come to you, in one sense, as an outsider.  While I bird with the Core Team when we get together, and I enjoy and learn from those outings immensely, I am not a dedicated birder.  So I will stick to what I know, finding intersections between my own interests and the posts below.  I will try to briefly provide the view of the outsider in introducing the wonderful writing and birding below.  My thanks to everyone who submitted a piece.  It was a real thrill to revisit sites familiar and be introduced to sites unfamiliar. 

With each introduction below, you will also find image links to books on Amazon.  Each of the books featured is in some way related to the topic or content of the post with which it is paired.  Many of the books are not specifically about birds or birding, but whether they deal with philosophy, literature, history, or science, I find them tangentially so.  I cannot claim to have read all of the linked books, but can say that I am familiar with their contents on at least a superficial level.

So without further ado, I present the twenty-first installment of I and the Bird.  Enjoy the synergy.

Song Sparrows (Charlie’s Bird Blog)

If you can’t find the time to go birding beyond your own back yard, Charlie Moores’ Blog is a good way to do it vicariously.  I have been an admirer of Mr. Moores’ photography skills since I became familiar with his site several years ago.  My wife and I attract mostly sparrows with out backyard birdfeeder, so we have come to love them for pragmatic, if not aesthetic reasons.  If I could photograph them like Moores, they would be hanging on my wall.

Conservation and Biology of Small Populations : The Song Sparrows of Mandarte Island Marking the Sparrow\'s Fall: Wallace Stegner\'s American West Triumph of the Sparrow: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi Sparrows, Bedbugs, And Body Shadows: A Memoir (Intersections (Honolulu, Hawaii).) The Wickedly Wild Return of Dr. Insanity and the Sparrow The Birds of Africa, Volume VII : Sparrows to Buntings (Birds of Africa)

Back Into The Mire (Ben Cruachan Blog)

In Bruce Brown’s 1966 film The Endless Summer, two American surfers travel to Australia only to be told, “You guys really missed it.  You should have been here yesterday.”  This is a common refrain in any activity dependent upon nature’s cooperation and birding is no exception.  In this post from Ben Cruachan Blog, we discover that even muck and a near miss can have a silver lining and a bad day of birding is better than a good day at work.

Heartbeats in the Muck A Natural History of Australia (Natural World) The Endless Summer Collection Hume\'s Abject Failure : The Argument Against Miracles The Silver Lining : The Benefits of Natural Disasters


Sharped-dressed Birds (Natural Visions)

Some friends of ours own a three legged dog.  Whenever I see that dog, I am hit with a quick feeling of pity.  Two seconds later as he runs for a stick, I think about the fact that the dog probably doesn’t even notice.  In Sharp-dressed Birds, we find that it ain’t always easy being a gull, or photographing them.  For added context, I encourage everyone to read the Natural Visions post called Can I Complain A Little?, which proceeds the one submitted.  Perhaps a new carnival called I and the Jackass is in order.

 My Left Foot Analyzing and Interpreting Ethnographic Data (Ethnographer\'s Toolkit , Vol 5) The Seagull National Geographic Photographing Birds When Birds Could Talk And Bats Could Sing

Pelicans (Earth, Wind & Water)

Try eating soup with a fork.  Tools, like animals, are designed for a specific context.  If you saw Jerry Rice try to ballroom dance, you know what Earth, Wind & Water is talking about in his post, Pelicans.

 Limericks, The Penguin Book of (Penguin Poetry) Ogden Nash : The Life and Work of America\'s Laureate of Light Verse The Mistaken Extinction: Dinosaur Evolution and the Origin of Birds The Origin and Evolution of Birds : Second Edition Nature\'s Flyers : Birds, Insects, and the Biomechanics of Flight

Interview with Norm Saunders (birdDC)

Talk about synergy!  The marriage of birding and information technology has allowed for the building of a worldwide community that is as active and diverse as any I’ve encountered.  BirdDC shares with us an interview of one of the matchmakers responsible for bringing the two together.  Saunders warning at the end of the interview has had me thinking about the nature of expertise for the last week.

Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Sociability Citizen Science; A Study of People, Expertise and Sustainable Development (Environment and Society) Toward a General Theory of Expertise : Prospects and Limits Assembly Language Programming for Intel Processors Family Internet Guide to Birds and Birding: The Ultimate Directory to the Best Sites Online

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s… (Julie Zickefoose)

This post wins the award for Most Compatible with Carnival Mission.  For Ms. Zickefoose, it truly was Her and the Bird!  Beyond the obvious Good Samaritan context, this post illustrates the impacts of human activity on wildlife, knowing when to think and when to act, and the benefits of a little knowledge of snake-handling.  I’m also trying to decide which act is the more amazing, the rescue or the taking of great photos of the rescue!

  How Good People Make Tough Choices : Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living Loon Lake Models of Man : Philosophical Thoughts on Social Action Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Synthesis Report (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment) Salvation on Sand Mountain : Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

A Cousin To The Ivorybill (Bill of the Birds)

Regardless of where one stands on the Ivorybill and its existence, the story of the potential/improbable/definite (please feel-free to choose from the adjectives listed, or insert your own) sighting of the “grail bird” has done much to spark interest in birding.  Bill of the Birds takes us to Guatemala for a visit with the Ivorybill’s southern cousin.  And of course, when one visits family, there are pictures.

The Grail Bird : The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker The Bird Who Cleans the World : and Other Mayan Fables Critical Issues in Ecotourism, First Edition : paradoxes, problems and pathways Still Life with Woodpecker Digital Nature Photography Closeup

Birthday Life Bird (10,000 Birds)

Bagging a life bird on one’s birthday so close to home is a real treat.  Add a belly full of cinnamony carbohydrates and one’s ever growing family and it gets too good to be true.  As the Core Team closes in on four percent of its stated goal, we find that success is not always in the numbers and common does not have to mean boring.

Rare Encounters With Ordinary Birds  To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime Obsession Vive LA French Toast (Greco, Gail. Gail Greco\'s Little Bed & Breakfast Cookbook Series.) Analysis of production practices and demographic characteristics of the Ohio maple syrup industry Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America

Stamp Out the Divide (WildBird on the Fly)

Putting one’s money where one’s mouth is.  What a concept.  I am no longer an active hunter, but I enjoyed the activity when I was younger.  I also appreciate the pragmatics of politics and find that birders and hunters are not at all strange bedfellows.  WildBird on the Fly reminds us that conservation of habitat will take different groups finding common purpose and a tangible commitment from all.  I wonder what the future holds as the number of hunters decline?

 Waterfowl Hunting : Ducks and Geese of North America (The Complete Hunter) Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (Blackwell Critical Introductions to Geography) Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America Shifting Involvements : Private Interest and Public Action (Eliot Janeway Lectures on Historical Economics)

Offspring (Rob’s Idaho Perspective)

How can one pass up a visit with bird chicks?  There is something deep in our psyches that responds to the young of any species.  In Rob’s Idaho Perspective we see that down and a sharp-eyed parent can ward off dangers both thermal and fanged, but not the eyes of a motivated admirer.

 Courageous Parenting Wings of Spring: Courtship, Nesting, and Fledging The influence of patch-burn management on the nesting ecology of grassland birds at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Oklahoma Habitat use, nesting biology, and within-season movements of grassland birds in southwest Wisconsin Gentle Subversive : Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement  (New Narratives in American History)

Saving Habitat (WoodSong: Off the Beaten Path)

Habitat, habitat, habitat.  The three most important words in environmental protection.  There is a whole lot going on in this post at WoodSong.  Apathy, bureaucracy, and competing interests (sometimes competing environmental interests) are all working against grassland species.

Holding Common Ground: The Individual And Public Lands In The American West The View from Bald Hill: Thirty Years in an Arizona Grassland (Organisms and Environments, 1) Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities (Center for Public Leadership) The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It (Basic Books Classics) Avoiding Politics : How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

Birding With Tom Delay (The Birdchaser)

After reading this post I think I’d like to see Barbara Walters interview Tom Delay.  It might go like this:

BW: If you were a bird, what kind of bird might you be?

TD: Well Barbara.  I would have to go with the American Bittern.

BW: My, that’s not a bird that the average American might know.  You must be quite the naturalist.

TD: No Barbara, I am actually uncomfortable with nudity.  A bit of Sam the Eagle, I guess.

BW: Why the Bittern?

TD: Well, the Bittern has some great nicknames, and while I enjoy being called “The Hammer”, I have decided that my image needs a make over.  The Bittern likes to hide by standing still and blending in with it surroundings.  It’s the voguer of the animal kingdom.  It strikes a pose, if you will.  I love to go clubbing.  Seals that is.  Besides being more low-key, I still need to maintain a strong voice, which the Bittern also does.  This is where its varied nicknames come from.  The Thunder-pumper would be a great nickname for me to re-launch my political career.

My thanks to Birdchaser for inspiring that bit of nonsense.  There are more serious themes touched upon, but old Tom just brings out the silly in me.

Introduction to Texas Politics  The Hammer Comes Down: The Nasty, Brutish, and Shortened Political Life of Tom DeLay The Orchid Thief : A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader\'s Circle) The realities of redistricting: Political control and partisan consequences 500 Ways to Change the World

Vanishing Owls of the Wasatch: Part I (Rigor Vitae)

The owl is an image that always reminds me of my youth.  Many of my family members have wooden owls, carved by my father, on shelves of in nooks.  Avoiding the fierce image of a predator (perhaps Tom Delay should hire the Owl’s PR firm), the owl has entered our collective conscience as a wise and friendly, if not mysterious, bird.  This post from Rigor Vitae warns that this international symbol is struggling in many areas.

 Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Contemporary Film and Television Series) Man and His Symbols Grapefruit : A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono Wildlife and Roads

Mimicry – It’s Not A Laughing Matter (Ocellated)

Environmentalism has always focused on stories concerning the impacts of humans on wildlife.  In this post from Ocellated, the tables are turned as we see the impact of wildlife on humans.  Well, beyond Carly Simon at least.

Zelig Avoiding Attack : The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry A Practical Guide to the ADA and Visual Impairment Why Did the Chicken Really Cross the Road?: Funny Answers from Famous People - Past & Present

Decline of the House Sparrow (A DC Birding Blog)

I’ll have to be more diligent in keeping the bird feeder filled after reading this post from A DC Birding Blog.  The numbers are hard to ignore.  I cannot image our small plot of Rochester, NY without the bush-shaking squabbling of these little guys.  The Christmas Bird Count is certainly a good thing!

Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow : From Genes to Populations

Great Reshuffling: Human Dimensions of Invasive Alien Species Mealworms: Raise Them, Watch Them, See Them Change Understanding Urban Ecosystems The Importance of Species : Perspectives on Expendability and Triage

The Bewick’s Wren Is More Than Just Another Wren (The Nature Writers of Texas)

This post caused me to look a little deeper into the history of Thomas Bewick, for whom this wren, and well written and informative post, is named.  Bewick is also the namesake of Europe’s Bewick Swan.  Bewick’s History of British Birds is also responsible for a great deal of symbolism and metaphor in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.  Many thanks to The Nature Wiriter’s of Texas blog for this post.

 1800 Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick and His School Bewick\'s Animal Woodcuts CD-ROM and Book (Electronic Clip Art) Jane Eyre Engendering the wild: The construction of animals in twentieth century nature writing (Barry Holstun Lopez, Doug Peacock, Susan Zwinger, Terry Tempest Williams)

On Birds and Molluscs Redux (Milkriverblog)

There appears to be more to say about the diet of various Kite species than the layman (me) might believe.  This post reminds me that the world is a complicated place and that we all rely on experience that is not our own.  Many people might ask about the need for such specific details about Kite diets, but that need becomes clear when you understand the intricacy of ecosystems (indeed, any system as I again point out the idea of interconnectedness in all human knowledge).  The devil is in the details, and I am encouraged to know that these kinds of details are being tracked and discussed.

Foundations of Complex-system Theories : In Economics, Evolutionary Biology, and Statistical Physics Modularity : Understanding the Development and Evolution of Natural Complex Systems (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology) Coyote Vs. Acme The Ecology of Freshwater Molluscs (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)

Penguins Have To Rush Sex (Science and Politics)

First the cold, then the influx of French documentary film makers, and now this.  Someone call the bird union!  From the Science and Politics blog comes this description of an effect of a changing habitat.

 Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy Atmospheric carbon dioxide occluded in the Siple Dome ice core, Antarctica, and its application to climate change The Great Auk : The Extinction of the Original Penguin (Lost Worlds) Ice Sheets and Late Quaternary Environmental Change Timing

Ah, Zugunruhe! (Circadiana)

Did you ever feel like you’ve been in this situation before?  No, wait, that’s not it.  They’re the one’s that hang from the roof of the…?  Nope, not it either.  It means “cleaning woman”, right?  Well, check out this post at Circadiana to find out.

 Your First 100 Words in German : German for Total Beginners Through Puzzles and Games Stonechats : A Guide to the Genus \ Anatomy of Restlessness : Selected Writings 1969-1989 Understanding Sleeplessness : Perspectives on Insomnia

Several Life List Birds In Phoenix (migrateblog)

So what does one with a week-end in the desert?  Go birding, of course.  Amazing what can be seen in a short amount of time.  Thanks, to this migrateblog post, now we know.

 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix, Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale (60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge) (60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge) Ecology and Management of Cowbirds and Their Hosts : Studies in the Conservation of North American Passerine Birds (title page only) Nomadic Desert Birds (Adaptations of Desert Organisms) Valuing Local Knowledge: Indigenous People and Intellectual Property Rights

California Gultch Hutton’s Vireos (Aimophila Adventures)

The Western United States holds a great deal to admire for an outdoorsy person of any stripe.  At Amophila Adventures one will find the birds working hard and the birders working harder.  Of course they enjoy it so much, one can hardly call it work.

Southern Arizona\'s Santa Catalina Mountains Bird Nests and Construction Behaviour Spiders in Ecological Webs (Cambridge Studies in Ecology) Ghost Towns of Northern California: Your Guide to Ghost Towns and Historic Mining Camps (Pictorial Discovery Guide)

Hope They Like Action Films (Burning Silo)

Top 5 Favorite Osprey Action Movies

5) The Hunt for Red Snapper

4) Tears of the Sunfish

3) The Outlaw Josey Whales

2) Silver-cod-o

1) Fish in a Barrel

The DV Rebel\'s Guide : An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap Cinema Under the Stars: America\'s Love Affair With the Drive-In Movie Theater Return of the Osprey : A Season of Flight and Wonder Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds

 New Parrot and Mouse Species Discovered in Philippines (Living the Scientific Life)

This post from Living the Scientific Life, illustrates the importance of preserving diverse amounts of habitat where-ever it can be done.  It also points out the importance of looking in the proverbial attic once and a while.

 Nongovernmental Organizations in Environmental Struggles : Politics and the Making of Moral Capital in the Philippines (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) The Green Tiger: The Costs of Ecological Decline in the Philippines Deforesting the Earth : From Prehistory to Global Crisis Speciation

Spring Here – Blackbird Evensong (Salto Sobrius)

It’s better than the Beatles.  I heard someone say that once.  All the way from Stockholm comes a post from the heart.  Apparently they are familiar with zugunruhe over there at Salto Sobrius!  Spring hits you where you live, doesn’t it!

  The New Tea Companion: A Guide to Teas Throughout the World The Hobbit (Collector\'s Edition) Crossing National Borders: International Migration Issues in Northeast Asia Pie : 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie

Daily Visitors (Just this Moment)

My mother spends a good deal of time, money, and energy in a series of birdfeeders.  She gets an amazing array of birds in Northern Pennsylvania, but she’s never seen one like they get at Just This Moment.

 REFLECTIONS OF THE SELF LAST OF THE MIRROR BIRDS The Strangler Fig and Other Tales : Field Notes of a Conservationist The Great Guano Rush: Entrepreneurs and American Overseas Expansion

Nestbuilding Curve-bill Thrasher (Tortoise Trail)

Apparently the Curve-bill is a paranoid little guy because learning to build in that cactus must take something scary for motivation.  The associated pictures at Tortoise Trail are first rate as well.

Design And Construction Of Levees Barbecue Secrets: Unbeatable Recipes, Tips and Tricks from a Barbecue Champion Castle Ecology of Desert Systems, First Edition

Northern Flickers (SitkaNature)

Apparently the quiet life in Alaska isn’t so quiet when the Northern Flicker is about.  It sounds like a good day at SitkaNature.  Blogging, watching birds, and listening to birdsong in Alaska might make some of us urbanites a bit jealous.

Sitka  A Field Guide to Western Bird Songs : Western North America (Peterson Field Guide Audio Series) The Singing Life of Birds : The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong Secret Lives of Common Birds : Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons Love Signals : A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship

A Visit From the Parakeets (Elms in the Yard)

If you have any doubts that birds do not belong in cages, these pictures will help remove it.  I am beginning to get antsy as I peck away at my keyboard as there are birdcalls aplenty coming through the window and I catch a shot of feathery movement every few minutes.  Elms in the Yard made good use of a second chance to capture these parakeets.

 The Carolina Parakeet : America\'s Lost Parrot In Art And Memory A Photagraphic Guide to Birds of Israel and the Middle East Lonely Planet Wildlife Photography: A Guide to Taking Better Pictures

Joyful, Joyful Turkey Vulture (Time’s Fool)

Perhaps we can someday put to rest the ill-gotten reputation of the word buzzard, or the greedy connotation of the word buzzard.  Opportunist, yes, but aren’t we all?  A common bird where I grew up in Pennsylvania, the turkey vulture never failed to turn my head.  As Time’s Fool points out, one man’s ugly is another man’s majestic.

Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights and Oil Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (A Meg Lanslow Mystery) Food Webs Bird Tracks & Sign : A Guide to North American Species Understanding Gliding: The Principles of Soaring Flight 

A Pale and Captivating Visitor (Search and Serendipity)

Over at Search and Serendipity, we have a great description of the perils of disregarding the Boy Scout oath.  Of course adrenaline and a good knowledge of local raptors help salvage a potential missed sighting, perhaps made even better by the lack of a definite identification.

Birds of New Guinea (Handbook (Wau Ecology Institute), No. 9.) The Sea and the Bells Raptors of the World (Princeton Field Guides) Bird by Bird : Some Instructions on Writing and Life 

Lesser Prairie Chicken Weekend (Sally’s World)

On Saturday, I expect to see the Woodcock (or Timberdoodle) engaged in its famous courtship flight.  This piece from Sally’s World has me totally psyched.  I hope we make out as well with the birds, but better with our fellow observers.  Another addition to I and the Jackass!

The wonders of bird life: An interesting account of the education, courtship, sport & play, makebelieve, fighting & other aspects of the life of birds 

Leks Emily Post\'s Etiquette, 17th Edition (Thumb Indexed) The Endangered Species Act at Thirty : Renewing the Conservation Promise

So there you go.  The 21st installment of I and the Bird has been put to bed.  I’d like to thank all of the participants above and let them know I enjoyed each and every post.  I hope you have fun with some of the book choices.  If you haven’t done so already, click on one of the breaks above.  Each is a piece of a recent Charlie Harper work called Gator & Gallinule.  Harper is a favorite of mine and I have thought about starting to collect some of his signed prints.  (His original paintings are a bit out of my price range.)  Harper has done some great bird and other wildlife painting.  I find his work to have a tremendous amount of wit and unique style.  You know a Harper when you see one.


  1. What a fantastic job, congratulations!

    Comment by Duncan — April 12, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

  2. [...] Don’t miss this edition, Mike’s brother in law has done a fantastic job! [...]

    Pingback by Ben Cruachan Blog » IatB #21 — April 12, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

  3. Great concept. The first thing I learned from this issue of I and the Bird was that the final volume of Birds of Africa is out (I just ordered Amazon’s last copy). I love the strips of Charlie Harper, too. Charlie’s every bit as delightful as his paintings. Now to read the posts!

    Comment by Carel — April 12, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

  4. Hi Mike’s brother-in-law – great job with IATB: really enjoyable. And thanks for pointing me towards that wonderful Charlie Harper print – I’ve never seen his work before, but as you say, it’s really distinctive and very witty: I think I’ll be joining you in looking for prints from now on…Charlie (Moores, not Harper)

    Comment by Charlie Moores — April 13, 2006 @ 3:12 am

  5. Hey Seth – great job! There’s lots to scratch around in here…excellent!

    Comment by TroutGrrrl — April 13, 2006 @ 6:34 am

  6. Super edition of IATB you’ve put together, Seth. The format is wonderful, but must have taken a lot of time and work. Thank you! Thanks also to all of the bloggers for their contributions. I can see that I’ve got a lot of good reading ahead for this weekend. – bev

    Comment by bev — April 13, 2006 @ 6:40 am

  7. I and the Bird #21…

    Mike’s brother-in-law Seth is the mystery host of this week’s IATB and he’s done a really great job. He’s managed to list some books that are relevant to each submitted bird-related post. Birds and books, together in one convenient location for our…

    Trackback by Science and Sarcasm — April 13, 2006 @ 6:43 am

  8. Great presentation! Great selection of posts, and of books! Lots to read here. Now I’m really sorry I let time get away from me so that I missed submitting to this edition.

    Comment by Pamela — April 13, 2006 @ 7:22 am

  9. I love the presentation! Now I will not be able to resist buying some of the books on display. You should have posted them using the Amazon Associates code and earn a few bucks from your readers – nobody would complain, you deserve it!

    Comment by coturnix — April 13, 2006 @ 9:17 am

  10. [...] The 21st edition of I and the Bird is now up at Cup o’ Books. It’s a super edition with links to many interesting blogs. Further, Seth has put it together in a unique format. Rather than explain, I would just encourage everyone to just go and see it. For any IATB visitors who have wandered over to my blog to read about Ospreys in Hope They Like Action Films, welcome and thanks for stopping by. Burning Silo is a nature-related weblog. If you’re looking for more bird-related posts, just click on “Birds” in the categories on the sidebar. [...]

    Pingback by Burning Silo » Blog Archive » i and the bird #21 — April 13, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  11. excellent, excellent, excellent!

    Comment by tg — April 13, 2006 @ 10:18 am

  12. [...] In the meantime, the lastest edition of I and the Bird is up. (For those unaccustomed to blogging carnivals, follow the link for an explanation). [...]

    Pingback by Ocellated » I and the Bird, I and the Break — April 13, 2006 @ 10:45 am

  13. Oh great, Seth. Thanks a lot for enabling my book addiction. More tomes will soon join the overcrowded shelves.
    Seriously, thanks for the great presentation of IATB and for touting Charley, a delightful fellow who’ll be at Autumn Weekend in Cape May in late October.

    Comment by Amy — April 13, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  14. Thankyou for doing such a terrific job and hosting IATB 21. I have enjoyed each and every post.

    Comment by Sally — April 13, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  15. Seth, that was great. Next time I see Tom DeLay’s bulging eyes, I’ll remember that he’s the Thunder Pumper, AKA Bog Butt.

    Comment by Rob — April 14, 2006 @ 10:52 am

  16. Friday Cat Blogging…

    This poem-a-day thing is tiring. She has no energy left for ME! This is unnacceptable. Why couldn’t I have chosen a regular-type human, instead of a poet, of all things. I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s very annoying. If you have time for crit…

    Trackback by Watermark — April 14, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  17. Fantastic! IATB#21 was so much fun to read. It was like sitting in a funky bookstore with a great cup of coffee, reading the gems the staff recommended. Every now and then I got up and to look at the related books or do some more searching for Charlie Harper prints. Congratulations on a wonderful work. I hope you’ll do some more.

    Comment by Pam in Tucson — April 14, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

  18. Excellent edition. Thanks for your unique perspective and don’t be intimidated. We are not all “experts”!

    Comment by Rob Miller — April 16, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

  19. Legal everywhere – I and the Bird turns 21…

    One of my all time favourite things to do is browse through bookstores. I’m partial to small independant bookstores, especially those with books stacked this way and that on the shelves, much like my shelves. But give me any bookstore……

    Trackback by The House — April 18, 2006 @ 8:31 am

  20. shower curtains…

    Going through the entire website was a real pleasure.

    Trackback by shower curtains — April 19, 2006 @ 11:00 am

  21. excellent presentation! sorry it took me so long to get over here, I’ve got alot of catching up to do.. well done Seth :)

    Comment by Cindy — April 19, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  22. [...] And don’t forget to visit the most recent edition at Cup O’ Books. It’s a fun read, full of great essays. [...]

    Pingback by Home Bird Notes — April 20, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

  23. Where the heck was I when the submissions were rolling in? And how did I miss its debut before? This was a great presentation of a lot of nifty blogs and I’m glad you didn’t refuse Mike’s offer.

    Comment by Gwyn — June 18, 2006 @ 9:40 am

  24. [...] Seth, flush with success over his star turn as host of I and the Bird #21, decided to take a victory lap from Rochester to New York this weekend. Charlie was so impressed with Seth that he hopped on a plane straightaway to commend his hosting panache. Both of them might claim different reasons for being in NYC this weekend (visiting the charming nephew, trying to earn a living, etc.) but I’m just calling it like I see it. This is how we all happened to meet in Central Park on a sensational Saturday morning. [...]

    Pingback by Central Park Convergence — March 14, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  25. [...] wife/partner and “core-team” member Sara, their son Mason, his brother-in-law Seth of Cup O’ Books and wife Christine, all managed to fight their way through the swelling crowds and meet up with me [...]

    Pingback by I and the Bird in Central Park — October 25, 2007 @ 5:05 am

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