Welcome to Saratoga Springs, New York, USA for the 108th running of the I and the Bird Stakes!
Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continuously operating race course in North America and this year, it has been summer home to the two biggest equine birds in thoroughbred racing today: Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. These horses have rich avian blood, being half brothers out of 2004 Belmont and Travers winner Birdstone. While at Saratoga, these siblings were housed a few stalls apart in the Clark Memorial Stakes Barn which became known as "The Birdhouse".
And just last Saturday, Summer Bird followed in his father's hoofsteps by winning the $1 million 140th Travers Stakes, the centerpiece of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet.
So now, from home of the historic Saratoga Springs Race Course, I present the 108th I and the Bird Stakes, featuring the best bird blog writing from around the world. Here's a look at our field:
Wildlife Conservation & Land Development...A Perfect Marriage
Stables: Avimor Birding Blog
Jockey: Robert Mortensen
The Very Interesting and Awesome Great Crested Flycatcher
Stables: Birder's Lounge
Jockey: Amber Coakley
Thursday at AOU: A New Kind of Conservation for Kirtland's Warblers
Stables: Round Robin
Jockey: John Fitzpatrick
Fragmented & Young Forest preferred by Migrating Songbirds
Stables: Gavan Central
Jockey: Gavan Watson
Brigantine Wildlife Refuge - Home of the Nefarious Green-Head Fly
Stables: Nature Observances - by Forestal
Jockey: Dan Huber
Bird Bloggers Invade Queens, or, New Jersey Cursed No More
Stables: 10,000 Birds
Jockey: Corey Finger
Wood Storks, etc. at Mississippi River Nature Weekend
Stables: Search and Serendipity
Jockey: David J. Ringer
What a great line-up we have at the gates for the 108th I and the Bird Stakes! Let's send them ALL to the Winners Circle by reading and commenting on their posts. If you REALLY like them, tweet about 'em on Twitter or put links out on Facebook - this is a celebration of birds and the blogs that exist because of them!
The celebration continues in the 109th edition of I and the Bird, hosted by Madras Ramblings on September 17th.