Blog Carnivals

Mostly “I and the bird” issues I have participated in, but the future will tell if I participate in other carnivals.

I and the Bird #99

Somehow my entry of I and the bird did not make, but I included it in the comments section. Jump over to Dan’s Migration website for loads of bird related reading.

Festival of the Tree.  Flowering and Blossoming Trees Edition.

I almost missed this carnival as well, as there was a glitch of the deadline date on Nature Blog Network. Fortunately, Peg of Orchards Forever included me anyway. Today the festival covers flowering and blossoming trees – how fittingly in spring. Lots of good reading here as well.

I have submitted to quite a number of Blog Carnivals this week. I shall make a special report in about 7 days time to show all how this technique brings in new readers to blog. Well, at least I hope so.

In anycase it does bring in important and relevant back-links.

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Pingback, trackback and backlinks for naturebloggers

Luciana 2 years old - future nature blogger - studying the birds of Australia

Luciana 2 years old - future nature blogger - studying the birds of Australia

My blog the other day was about blogging and how important it is to be connected to other bloggers. I introduced Google Reader for your desktop and a mobile RSS reader such as FreeRange to your Blackberry or smartphone. I suggest you check this post if what I just said had no meaning to you.
Another great way to connect to other bloggers is simply writing about them. Instead of writing a comment in their comment box, you write on your own blog an answer or a comment and this is directed to the comment box of that blog. This is called trackback and pingback.  The difference between the two is subtle when it comes to the end result. Read more how it works on this WordPress link.

If you use wordpress, this is done automatically to other wordpress blogs (supposedly I should say, because there have been some problems reported lately related to WP 2.7. I will let you know how and if it works). To relate other blogs, you specify the blog address in the trackback box. For Blogger there is no trackback function, but you can activate linkback that simulates the service. For more advanced trackback, that you may also want to consider check Haloscan. A couple of years ago Haloscan was standard for trackback for Blogger blogs, but since there is little mention of Haloscan from recent years, my guess, without penetrating too much how this works on Blogger, is that the linkback service has improved and covers much what you need in this respect. Please comment, to let me know how it works. I did a small test in my post about Nature Blog Network blog the other day, and it seemed the pings worked fine with WordPress but only a link showed in those Blogger accounts that had activated linkback. I still have not found a blog that uses Haloscan, so I can’t give any opinion, but as far as I understand it should give a short quote.

Give a little Link-love to each other!

In a series of blogposts, I shall use this technique to comment other blogs and fish for readers to my own blog this way. I suggest you do the same. You probably heard of Blog Carnivals. Well, they work very much in this way. There is no reason why you can not, every once in a while host your own little carnival. While I am at it, I am adding every blog I write about to my Google Reader, and also put a link to my blog roll – and I hope you link back to me and add me to your readers as well.
I am not yet sure exactly what form this will take, but it is likely to be something like “news in my reader”. I am also considering setting up my own carnival for a young birders up to 22 years old that are blogging. More on that in another post. Let me know what you think about this idea?

Some new blogs in my blogroll.

I have read quite a few blogs the last weeks, some for the first time. I am surprise how many good blogs are out there that I had not heard of before. I know many of you would like to get more readers, so a mutual interchanging of mentioning other blogs and specific posts should work for everyone’s benefit.

I have choses to group my blog roll to different categories.

Social Media.

New aquintances of birding blogs

Hope you liked this little carnival. If all start facilitating the backlink option on Blogger and check out the Haloscan software, let me know how it works for you and if you start getting more readers and subscribers this way. Please send me suggestions of blogs of birders up to 22 years old.

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The ultimate birdlist this week

A new delivery of your favorite birding carnival is a all about listing birds. Nick of Biological Ramblings has ordered the postings both in a narrative manner like a trip report and ending it in a check list containing no less than 190 species of 65 families. What is more, this issue of “I and the birds” is submitted to the Friday Ark #239. What could be more fitting?

Here is the complete list. For the actual reading, well jump over to Biological Ramblings now!

Casuariidae (Cassowaries)

Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii)
Phasianidae (Grouse)
Chicken (Gallus gallus)

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Swans)

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Spheniscidae (Penguins)

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)

Diomedeidae (Albatrosses)

Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis)
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys)
Shy Mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta)
Chatham Island Albatross (Thalassarche eremita)
Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)

Procellariidae (Petrels)

Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli)
Cape Petrel (Daption capense)
White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)
Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica)
Buller’s Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
Hutton’s Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni)

Podicipedidae (Grebes)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Phoenicopteridae (Flamingos)

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

Ciconiidae (Storks)

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

Ardeidae (Herons)

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax violaceus)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Pelecanidae (Pelicans)

White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

Falconidae (Falcons)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Accipitridae (Hawks)

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Rallidae (Rails)

American Coot (Fulica americana)

Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Thinocoridae (Seedsnipe)

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis gayi)

Laridae (Gulls and Terns)

Inca Tern (Larosterna inca)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Columbidae (Doves and Pigeons)

White-crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Psittacidae (Parrots)

Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
Black-hooded Parakeet (Nandayus nenday)

Opisthocomidae (Hoatzin)

Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Podargidae (Frogmouths)

Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger)

Apodidae (Swifts)

Common Swift (Apus apus)

Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris)
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis)
Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus)
Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii)
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia)
Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia victoriae)
Marvellous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Trogonidae (Trogons)

Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris)

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Cotingidae (Cotingas)

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
Paramo Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola alpinus)
Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca fumicolor)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

Thamnophilidae (Antbirds)

Peruvian Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis peruviana)
Sao Paulo Antwren (Stymphalornis sp.)

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds)

Stout-billed Cinclodes (Cinclodes excelsior)
White-chinned Thistletail (Schizoeaca fuliginosa)

Dendrocolaptidae (Woodcreepers)

Cocoa Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus susurrans)

Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters)

Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)

Acanthizidae (Thornbills)

White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)

Cracticidae (Butcherbirds)

Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Laniidae (Shrikes)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Vireonidae (Vireos)

Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)

Rhipiduridae (Fantails)

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Corvidae (Crows and Jays)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Common Raven (Corvus corax)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Paridae (Tits)

Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

Alaudidae (Larks)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Sylviidae (Old World Warblers)

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Zosteropidae (White-eyes)

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Regulidae (Kinglets)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Troglodytidae (Wrens)

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Spot-breasted Wren (Thryothorus maculipectus)
White-breasted Wood-Wren (Henicorhina leucosticta)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Sittidae (Nuthatches)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Certhiidae (Creepers)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Mimidae (Mockingbirds)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Sturnidae (Starlings)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Turdidae (Thrushes)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) –

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus mexicanus)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Red-legged Thrush (Turdus plumbeus)

Nectariniidae (Sunbirds)

Purple-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia sperata)

Passeridae (Sparrows)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Fringillidae (Finches)

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Elegant Euphonia (Euphonia elegantissima)

Parulidae (Wood-Warblers)

Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus)
Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica)
Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica)
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus)
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina)
Wilson’s Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

Icteridae (Blackbirds)

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)
Baltmore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quisculus major)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quisculus mexicanus)
Common Grackle (Quisculus quiscula)

Emberizidae (Sparrows)

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Thraupidae (Tanagers)

Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus)

Cardinalidae (Grosbeaks)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa parellina)

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I am participating again with a posting on I and the bird # 97. This time the host is extinct for a long time – that is – Great Auk or the Greatest Auk? – and very wittily has asked two other dead – Charles Darwin and Edgar Allen Poe – to help out to guide you through this issue’s participating birding blogs. Don’t miss it and the great blogs it links to.

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Blog Carnival of Birding – I and the Bird

I only started blogging seriously two months ago. And it has been a fantastic experience. One of the best ways to get your birding blog exposed is to participate in a blogging Carnival. You should also promote your blog on social media. Try to use a catchy phrase when promoting instead of just saying “New blog on
I have gotten to know some of the top name of bloggers this way. One of them is Connie Kogler -also known as Lefthanddbirder on Twitter – and she is hosting this issue of the bi-weekly birding blog carnival – “I and the bird” on her blog Birds O’ The Morning.  Connie usually blogs about amazing Colorado, but this time she is on a exploring hunt as she recaptures the bloggers from all over the world. I have the honour to be participating with one story previously published on this page. It is a fine field of bloggers in this issue. Get your buts over there now for some good reading that takes you to India, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Guatemala, Mexico, Singapore, Trinidad&Tobago and of course a number of North American localities.
Where you have to go. I told you once! Birds O’ The Morning.

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I and the Bird #92


I and the Bird #92

Just a short post to let everyone know that the new blog carnival about birds and birders is being hosted by talented writer, painter and photographer Seabrooke Leckie blog “The Marvelous in Nature”. She made a very smart thread connecting the featured blogs into a long poem called “The picknick party”.

Twas the middle of winter deep,
When all sane critters are fast asleep,
This Canuck sent invitations
For a snowy celebration.

“Join me for lunch!” the invite said.
“The drinks are free!” it further read.
And so they came, in ones and twos
– free drinks, of course, they can’t refuse

Very clever! Rush over to Seabrooke’s page to read who came to the picknick. You shall have many good hours of reading.

I decided to submit my post on “Owl in Peru” – considering how many people who have already read this piece, it will not be anyh news to my old readers, but maybe some new readers may find their way here.

If you don’t have time to follow and read all the birding blogs, the “I and the Bird” bi-weekly carnival keeps you well informed. It shouldn’t be missed, because it keeps you up-to-date. It is also a great way for bird bloggers to get more readers.

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I and the Bird #91


I and the Bird #91

A short break in the trip report from Carpish, to let you all know that I and the Bird # 91 just was the released. I have the great pleasure to have my post on Amarakaeri included here. It is Tim Ryan of From the Faraway, Nearby that host this issue. Tim’s blog is always good reading. Scroll down his blog and you`ll find a piece on Tambopata, Peru.

So what is “I and the Bird”?
It’s a Birding Blog Digest for the lazy. If you don’t have time to follow and read a whole bunch of birding blogs, the “I and the Bird” bi-weekly carnival keeps you well informed. It is really not to be missed, because it keeps you updated. It is also a great way for bird bloggers to get more readers.  Check out all about “I and the Bird” here.

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