First off, I apologize for being away so long. That tree encyclopedia review
really took the wind out of me... Aside from that, tomorrow we embark on an epic cruise from Florida up to the Panama Canal... And not only do we have to prep for that, but we also have to teach our housesitter in the ways of the birds...Given the fact that he's a seasoned taxi driver from Boston, and a cross between Mr. Rogers and R.P. McMurphy at least I know the house is safe. (Not so sure about our reputation in the neighborhood or even if the neighborhood will still be standing...) But there you go... Onward!
Here's where I get to rant againgst the season... I've been watching commercials ad nauseum (aka until I puke) for everything fom naughty pajamas to fake chirping birds Will this never end? People are getting into fights in the stores... How did life become so shallow, senseless, and difficult? What's it all about Alfie? Anywho... Here's my wildly over-priced $1/50... Just buy that special someone an eBirdseed.com gift cert or subscription...
Keep in mind that my boss never prompts me to write this stuff... My griping against the holidays just comes naturally for a cranky guy like me. Spend 15 minutes on the eBirdseed site and the seasonal hassle is over. After that, if anyone gets snarky because he didn't receive his fake bird as a gift, punch him in the mouth, crack another beer, and yet again fire up "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Off to warmer climes for a bit... Expect very regular updates from the ship...
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory: Inside Birding
Cornell Ornithology Laboratory: All About Birding
Live eBirdseed.com streaming cam
eBirdseed.com photo library
eBirdseed and misc. references
Other birding references
By Location, Birds and Natural History Books (a global reference)