2013 MBS & OFO

MBS & OFO? What is that, you say? Midwest Birding Symposium and Ontario Field Ornithologists. MBS was a week ago already and OFO was this past weekend. I'm writing from a hotel in Lexington, Nebraska on my way to Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory in Brighton, Colorado.

I'm always thrilled to see young birders' enthusiasm. Nathan already has a keen eye (OFO at Pt. Pelee).

The banquet Saturday night at OFO. Over 240 participants!

We had a large group for a field trip to the tip at Pt. Pelee. That's me in jeans and a light shirt with the green Biggest Week in American Birding backpack about half way. (Photo by Steve Pike)

This is a Blackpoll Warbler at Magee Marsh during MBS. Note that it is showing off the pale soles of its feet…just to taunt birders with the difficult identification.

Golly. This looks delicious. (The berry silly–not the Ring-billed Gull)

Nom-Nom-Nom. Looks so good I think I'll swallow it whole.

Oofah. That was larger than I thought.

Ewww. Gonna have to walk this one off!

Funny sequence of a Ring-billed Gull with a large “snack” at East Harbor State Park during MBS.

Gotta run. Off to Colorado!


What is an MBS?

Oh, dear.  Is this a quiz?  A riddle?  What?  MBS?  Is it some Government thingie?  (they’re always using acronyms–it’s one of their favorite pastimes).  Seriously, MBS?  Sigh.  Many Big Sardines?  Um, no?  Mostly Big Sighs?  Aww, geez Greg.  Quit makin’ stuff up!

Ok.  In a previous life–not really a previous life, ok?  just a very long time ago in a galaxy far, far away–I worked for a large company that created MBS’s–Mortgage-Backed Securities.  Really?  Should I even admit that?  Nah.  You can pretend I never said that.

How about Modified Barium Swallow?  Yes–the abbreviation is MBS.  But no, this is not what I am talking about today.  Hey!  Isn’t this a birding blog?  Why, yes!  Yes, it is!  So maybe this is a bird?  (You’re getting warmer)  Umm.  Like a Medium Brown Sparrow?  Noooooooo.  ahhahaha.  But what a good guess.  Besides, we are not far off from October–the month of medium brown sparrows here in Ohio.

MIDWEST BIRDING SYMPOSIUM.  Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!  That is it!  By Jove!  You’ve got it right, old chap!  Sorry.  Maybe you’re not old?  Or a chap?  Or maybe you just read what I wrote and did no guessing, whatsoever?  Whatever.  I’ll be at the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio from September 15-18.  I promise I’ll have more to talk about in September at the MBS than I do this evening after a 12-hour workday.  The best part of that (the workday–do I have to explain everything?) is that it is OVER!  Yesssss!  I’m totally pumped.  Really?  Actually, no.  No I am not.  I am worn out and a bit frazzled.  But at least I am left with a punchy sense of quirky humor.  Maybe you have noticed, eh?  <chuckles sarcastically>

So why are there no pictures, Greg?  Are you going for the Spartan Minimalist Blogging Award?  You are kidding me, right?  Really?  Is there a reward like that?  Then SURELY I should get it for this fine gem of a post!!!  Alas, this will be my FIRST EVER trip to an MBS.  I have no pictures, no exciting experiences to write about, rare birds seen, or stories of fascinating speakers.  But…I…umm.  What was I saying?  Oh, yeah.  I *AM* looking forward to attending MBS!  It will be a new experience!  It’ll be a great time to be birding and we’ll be close to many good birding sites.  And, there really will be a ton of great speakers (even I will be in the lineup–so maybe their standards are not so high! <grin>).  I hear there will be 1,000 birders there.  That’s a LOT of people.  So many, in fact, that I might even put down my binoculars long enough to meet real people.  hahaha.

Really, I’ll try my best to pay attention to your name.  But if it’s something other than a North American bird’s name, I’ll probably forget it–while we are chatting.  Chatting–reminds me of Yellow-breasted Chat!  Yes, Captain Distraction will be in full bird mode.  (interpreted something like this–you’ll probably get a lot of opportunities to laugh at me).  So I hope you’ll join me this year for birding and a large helping of fun and laughter at the…ahem…MBS–Midwest Birding Symposium.

Here are a couple links of interviews [with me–and crafted by talented folks other than myself] to hold you over until my next snoozer blog:

zbirdtours interview

birding is fun interview