Hello bird world

The birds are calling and I must go…

Is this thing on? Check, one, two, check, check…

Welcome to The Birds are Calling. You can think of this blog as a digital and cloud-based naturalist field journal covering a broad range of topics related to natural history. The title, The Birds are Calling, is a play on the famous John Muir quote The mountains are calling and I must go. Why are the birds calling (and not the mountains)? Well, for one, most birds are quite capable of calling while mountains, as majestic as they may be, remain silent. Of course, John Muir did not actually try to claim that the mountains are calling in a literal sense. Rather he was referring to a perceived need to head out into the mountains, not a trifling need,… fleeting, as in say a passing fancy. No, a resolute and unyielding need and yearning. As much as I enjoy the mountains, birds are special. When you are looking for birds, you tend to see everything else that is out there along the way, things that you otherwise might miss. If you are looking for mountains, on the other hand, you’ll probably find them (they tend to be quite conspicuous after all), but you will quite likely miss the small details along the way…, like the songbirds in the forest on your way up the mountain or the eagles soaring high above the mountain.

I don’t know yet how this “field journal” will unfold, but this is a start and now I just have to figure it out along the way, or as someone once said, I am flying this airplane while I am building it.

May the curiosity be with you. This is from “The Birds are Calling” blog (www.thebirdsarecalling).