Twitter-friendly I and the bird #104 – part 2.

by Gunnar Engblom on July 9, 2009

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As you noticed the part 1, of the I and the bird was probably the wordiest ever without coming to the point – that is presenting the participants. That is why I decided to make a part 2.

Here are the posts participating in IATB #104.  Prior to publishing I decided to tweet each post at different hours of the day. The test is dual. First to see how many hits a tweet gets send a link of  the blog to Twitter. Secondly to test which time of day is best to tweet.

The results are presented at the end of this post.

Exquisite photos of the world’s most beautiful colorless warbler. 7 sec with a B&W Warbler.

Seven Seconds With a Black and White Warbler  by Lynne Schoenborn of Hasty Brook

Seven Seconds With a Black and White Warbler by Lynne Schoenborn of Hasty Brook

Forget about monopoly. Here is the ultimate board game for birders.

A birders Monopoly?  asks Patrick Belardo of Hawkowlsnest
A birder’s Monopoly? asks Patrick Belardo of Hawkowlsnest

Good Mourning Dove and other stunning bird photos at first light a summer morning.

Begin the day with birds. Mourning Dove at first light a summer morning. Photo: Dave Alcock of DaveA's Birding Blog

Baby Grebe on the back. Photo: Fiona Cohen of Nature Geek Northwest

Flying Jewels on the Texas Golf Coast.

Hummingbirds at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Photo: Kyle McCreary of As the mind Wanders
Hummingbirds at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Photo: Kyle McCreary of As the mind Wanders

How to paint the Bobolink and a video of its aerial display.

Bobolink by Jo of J.M. Odesluys
Bobolink by Jo of J.M. Odesluys

Did you know that pigeons give milk to their offspring?

The pigeon gives crop milk to the young. Photo: Susannah A. Lower Fraser of Wanderin Weeta
The pigeon gives crop milk to the young. Photo: Susannah A. Lower Fraser of Wanderin’ Weeta

Baby Grebes ride in the back… err.. ON the back!

Pied-billed Grebe, with baby Grebe on the back. Photo: Fiona Cohen of Nature Geek Northwest

Pied-billed Grebe, with baby Grebe on the back. Photo: Fiona Cohen of Nature Geek Northwest

Mama, Feed me now. I can Swallow anything. Wonderful Haiku!

Barn Swallow. Feed me mama. Photo: Wren of Wrenaissance reflections

Barn Swallow. Feed me mama. Photo: Wren of Wrenaissance reflections

Have you ever seen 50000 Purple Martins falll from the sky? Check out the video on this site.

Male Purple Martin. Photo: S. Halpin of PurpleMartins-R-Us.com. There are Martins everywhere on the Video. Check it out.

Male Purple Martin. Photo: S. Halpin of PurpleMartins-R-Us.com. There are Martins everywhere on the Video. Check it out.

Fantastic flight shots of New Zealand Falcon by National Geography photographer Rob Suisted

New Zealand Falcon. Photo: Rob Suisted of Natures Pic Images BlogNew Zealand Falcon. Photo: Rob Suisted of Nature’s Pic Images Blog

The Puffin is the Toucan of the Northern seas with that colorful beak. Check these smashing photos.

Atlantic Puffin. What a bill! Photo: Ian Coleman of Quantum Tiger
Atlantic Puffin. What a bill! Photo: Ian Coleman of Quantum Tiger

Here is the punkiest of all chicks. I don’t know if this is cute or ugly. What do you think?

Is this Cute or Ugly? Little Blue Heron Chick Photo: Kelly Ricceti of Red and the Peanut

Is this Cute or Ugly? Little Blue Heron Chick Photo: Kelly Ricceti of Red and the Peanut

A crow is never just a crow. Hand on heart – do you recognise the Fish Crow?

Fish Crow. Photo: John Beetham of  A DC Birding Blog

Fish Crow. Photo: John Beetham of A DC Birding Blog

Absolutely one of the prettiest North American Warblers. Hooded Warbler. Good photos.

Hooded Warbler was a lifer for Amber Coakley of Birder's Lounge on her recent trip to Ozark Mts in Arkansas.

Hooded Warbler was a lifer for Amber Coakley of Birder's Lounge on her recent trip to Ozark Mts in Arkansas.

Birding in British Columbia – vast views of fjords and forest.

View on the Selkirk loop. British Colombia. Photo: Bob of Tales of Nishiki

View on the Selkirk loop. British Colombia. Photo: Bob of Tales of Nishiki

Reading Larry Jordan’s report with lovely photos from Audubon Outing To Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park Audubon birding trip. Photo: Larry Jordan of the birder's report

Lassen Volcanic National Park Audubon birding trip. Photo: Larry Jordan of the birder's report

Birds out my office window may not sound very exciting, but believe me it is! David Ringer’s office is in Nairobi

Rüppell’s Robin-Chat (Cossypha semirufa). Photo: David Ringer of Search and Serendipity

Rüppell’s Robin-Chat (Cossypha semirufa). Photo: David Ringer of Search and Serendipity

I want to band birds, be a waitress, and teach says Reina 5y after a visit to a banding station

Reina - A future bird-bander. Photo: Mike Powers of The Feather and the Flower

Reina - A future bird-bander. Photo: Mike Powers of The Feather and the Flower

Who done it? Want to play detective? Who killed the White-winged Dove?

Loose feathers. Who done it? Photo: Jace Stansbury of Journals of an Amateur Naturalist.

Loose feathers. Who done it? Photo: Jace Stansbury of Journals of an Amateur Naturalist.

It may be common in North America, but nevertheless the vibrant red Northern Cardinal is eyegasm

Northern Cardinal and juvenile. Photo: Vickie Henderson of Vickie Henderson Art

Northern Cardinal and juvenile. Photo: Vickie Henderson of Vickie Henderson Art

I am Cerulean with envy in spite that Mike keeps on posting BAD PHOTOS OF GOOD BIRDS – I still need it.

Fuzzy Ceruleans by Mike Bergin of 10000birds.

Fuzzy Ceruleans by Mike Bergin of 10000birds.

Redwing Blackbird courting and posing.

White-headed woodpecker swoops Clings to corneous bark of stump Disappears before my eyes – Excellent photoblog

White-headed Woodpecker. The story behind the poem. Photo: Liza Lee Miller of Birding by HappenStance. Birding just Happens.

White-headed Woodpecker. The story behind the poem. Photo: Liza Lee Miller of Birding by HappenStance. Birding just Happens.

Barred Eagle-owl takes a monkey in Singapore. Impressive!

Barred Eagle Owl takes Monkey. Photo: Rane Wong - Bird Ecology Study Group

Barred Eagle Owl takes Monkey. Photo: Rane Wong - Bird Ecology Study Group

Delaware’s first record Roseate Spoonbill was Tweeted! What a great bird.

Roseate Spoonbill first record for Delaware. Photo: Laura Kammermeier of Birds, Words, & Websites

Roseate Spoonbill first record for Delaware. Photo: Laura Kammermeier of Birds, Words, & Websites

Great shot of Brown Thornbill – a tit-like bird with a pointed fine bill from Australia.

Brown Thornbill. Great shot of an often difficult bird to photograph.  Photo: Ben Cruachan of Ben Cruachan - natural history

Brown Thornbill. Great shot of an often difficult bird to photograph. Photo: Ben Cruachan of Ben Cruachan - natural history

Birding Gamboa and Pipeline road in Panama.

Juvenil Rufescent Tiger-Heron from Gamboa, Panama. Photo: Jan Axel of Jan Axel Blog

Juvenil Rufescent Tiger-Heron from Gamboa, Panama. Photo: Jan Axel of Jan Axel Blog

I bet you never seen a Yellow-breasted Grosbeak. It’s not in the book, yet here is a photo.

"Yellow-breasted" Grosbeak - a Rose-breasted Grosbeak with xanthochroism. Photo: Seabrooke Leckie

"Yellow-breasted" Grosbeak - a Rose-breasted Grosbeak with xanthochroism. Photo: Seabrooke Leckie of The Marvelous in Nature

Tweetable headlines

Here are the short tweetable summeries with links again. Please retweet often.  I also added after each one the number of hits recieved at my posting from July 7 to July 8. The second number gives the total numbers of hits from the bit.ly link before 12 noon on July 9. Some may have been seeded earlier by others on Twitter so therefor there will be some elevated total numbers in some case. Bit.ly is a great short link system that allows you to track any link. Just write the link and add a + sign after the link.  This way you can measure the success of this blog carnival and the retweet traffic since the posting of part 1.
Time expressed as local (GMT-05:00) Bogota, Lime, Quito time zone.

  • Exquisite photos of the world’s most beautiful colorless warbler. 7 sec with a B&W Warbler. http://bit.ly/imnvC
    Tweeted at 22.55 July 7: 24 clicks . Retweeted again at 19:40 on July 8: 15 clicks. Total clicks: 78 Additional retweets: 1
  • Forget about monopoly. Here is the ultimate board game for birders. http://bit.ly/mzQbt
    Tweeted at 23.58 July 7: 21 clicks. Retweeted again at 19:41 on July 8: 31 clicks. Total clicks: 52 Additional retweets: 2
  • Good Mourning Dove and other stunning bird photos at first light a summer morning. http://bit.ly/qCY0L
    Tweeted at 00.02 July 8: 14 clicks. Total clicks: 14
  • Flying Jewels from Texas Golf Coast. Hummingbirds at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary brings memories from childhood. http://bit.ly/F7cz1
    Tweeted at 01.00 July 8: 8 clicks . Total clicks: 8
  • How to paint the Bobolink and a video of its aerial display http://bit.ly/14feaC
    Tweeted at 02.00 July 8: 16 clicks. Total clicks: 16
  • Did you know that pigeons give milk to their offspring? http://bit.ly/6ZIL2
    Tweeted at 03.00 July 8: 28 clicks. Total clicks: 28. Additional retweets: 2
  • Baby Grebes ride in the back… err.. ON the back! http://bit.ly/18Q37S
    Tweeted at 04.00 July 8: 17 clicks. Total clicks: 17
  • Mama, Feed me now. I can Swallow anything. Wonderful Haiku! http://bit.ly/o3Z9k
    Tweeted at 05.00 July 8: 20 clicks.  Total clicks: 20
  • Have you ever seen 50000 Purple Martins falll from the sky? Check out the video on this site. http://bit.ly/GdMEN
    Tweeted at 06.00 July 8: 56 clicks. Total clicks: 56. Additional retweets: 3
  • Fantastic flight shots of New Zealand Falcon by National Geography photographer Rob Suisted http://bit.ly/tfdh4
    Tweeted at 07.00 July 8: 31 clicks. Total clicks: 114 Additional retweets: 4
  • The puffin is the Toucan of the Northern seas with that colorful beak. Check these smashing photos. http://bit.ly/wYwbq
    Tweeted at 08.00 July 8: 28 clicks. Total clicks: 28 Additional retweets: 2
  • Here is the punkiest of all chicks. I don’t know if this is cute or ugly. What do you think? http://bit.ly/U7QGJ
    Tweeted at 09.00 July 8: 44 clicks. Total clicks: 88 Additional retweets: 2
  • A crow is never just a crow. Hand on heart – do you recognise the Fish Crow? http://bit.ly/ee88I
    Tweeted at 09.30 July 8: 25 clicks. Total clicks: 38 Additional retweets: 1
  • Absolutely one of the prettiest North American Warblers. Hooded Warbler. Good photos.  http://bit.ly/XpBGv
    Tweeted at 10.10 July 8: 22 clicks. Total clicks: 22
  • Birding in Britsh Columbia – vast views of fjords and forest. http://bit.ly/mLjns
    Tweeted at 10.50 July 8: 27 clicks. Total clicks: 29 Additional retweets: 2
  • Reading Larry Jordan’s report with lovely photos from Audubon Outing To Lassen Volcanic National Park http://bit.ly/lEGzy
    Tweeted at 14.11 July 8: 16 clicks. Total clicks: 19
  • Birds out my office window may not sound very exciting, but believe me it is! David Ringer’s office is in Nairobi http://bit.ly/YEpEa
    Tweeted at 14:44 July 8: 9 clicks. Total clicks: 33
  • I want to band birds, be a waitress, and teach says Reina 5y after a visit to a banding station http://bit.ly/ykVWe
    Tweeted at 15:25 July 8: 16 clicks. Total clicks: 16
  • Who done it? Want to play detective? Who killed the White-winged Dove? http://bit.ly/EOrqB
    Tweeted at 16.08 July 8: 15 clicks.  Total clicks: 15
  • It may be common in North America, but nevertheless the vibrant red Northern Cardinal is eyegasm http://bit.ly/t37Rl
    Tweeted at  16.38 July 8: 24 clicks. Total clicks: 25
  • I am Cerulean with envy in spiite that Mike keeps on posting BAD PHOTOS OF GOOD BIRDS – I still need it. http://bit.ly/aUwiy
    Tweeted at 17.08 July 8: 25 clicks. Total clicks: 25
  • Redwing Blackbird courting and posing. http://bit.ly/X8k4o
    Tweeted at 17.40 July 8: 16 clicks. Total clicks: 16
  • White-headed woodpecker swoops Clings to corneous bark of stump Disappears before my eyes – Excellent photoblog http://bit.ly/f4bka
    Tweeted at 18.20 July 8: 24 clicks. Total clicks: 24
  • Barred Eagle-owl takes a monkey in Singapore. Impressive! http://bit.ly/hTzF4
    Tweeted at 18.50 July 7: 28 clicks. Total clicks: 28 Additional retweets: 1
  • Delaware’s first record Roseate Spoonbill was Tweeted! What a great bird. http://bit.ly/3nf6f
    Tweeted at 19.30 July 8: 18 clicks. Total clicks: 59
  • Great shot of Brown Thornbill – a tit-like bird with a pointed fine bill from Australia. http://bit.ly/12PlXD
    Tweeted at 20.00 July 8: 18 clicks. Total clicks: 18
  • Birding Gamboa and Pipeline road in Panama. http://bit.ly/IIh1K
    Tweeted at 20.40 July 8: 11 clicks. Total clicks: 11
  • I bet you never seen a Yellow-breasted Grosbeak. It’s not in the book, yet here is a photo. http://bit.ly/3MbcA4
    Tweeted at 21.20 July 8: 60 clicks. Total clicks: 60. Additional Retweets. 5

Studying this list we learn 2 things.

  1. Those post that are re-tweeted have considerably larger number of hits. Lesson learnt: Retweet often. Those bloggers that you retweet will be in re-tweet dept to you!
  2. I have followers all over the world. This means that not all of my followers will be on Twitter at the same time. You can very well re-tweet your own message of a blog post several times per day, if you are in a similar position.  I have peaks at 3 AM (Europe wakes up/arrive to work and get connected), 6-9.30 AM (US /Canada wake up),  a fairly good peak around 5-7 pm and a very good peak around when posting just after 9 PM (US/Canada logged in coast to coast to coast). Remember all my times are (-5 GMT).

Use this info and start re-tweeting the posts presented here and resend your own blog posts one more time to Twitter.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

YC July 10, 2009 at 2:01 am

What a fantastic post. Most impressive.

Susannah July 10, 2009 at 2:16 am

Great post, and great idea! You’ve got me using Twitter, finally. It will be interesting to see if this increases blog traffic.

DawnFine July 10, 2009 at 6:04 am

Hee hee..I knew this would be the best venue for you! The king of birdie/Nature social networking! Excellent job..
Sometimes you need to ruffle a few feathers!

John July 10, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Superb edition of IATB!

nishiki_85 July 11, 2009 at 12:01 am

Nicely done!

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