Assignment Desk

Current Assignment: The Early Bird

Deadline: 1/31/2014

Early morning light paints a wonderful photograph and birds enjoying the days first sunbeams make wonderful subjects.  This week get up early, grab a thermos of coffee and head out to your favorite bird watching spot.  Take your camera or a pen an paper and get ready to record what you find. Even if you don’t leave with an amazing photo or story to share with us, I promise you wont be sorry got outside.  If you do experience something interesting and bird-related, we’d love it if you’d share it with us here.

Guidelines:  We want a stories about and/or photos (or perhaps a painting) of a bird enjoying the early morning light.  We encourage you to go get a new story (because it will be fun), but older stories are ok to submit too. A story can be a paragraph or two or longer if you wish, but keep it less than 1,000 words.  Photos/artwork should feature birds or illustrate the story.

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Previous Assignments:

First Bird 2014

12/28/2013 – 1/17/2014

Over the last few years I have been a sometimes active, sometimes casual bird watcher.  Regardless of how much attention I am giving to birds at the time, I always make sure to take note of the first bird I see each year.  I always hope to see something rare or beautiful, as if it would bring good luck upon the coming year, but it always ends of being a vulture circling high above me or a pigeon pecking around in a parking lot. I don’t want to belittle those types of birds, but let’s face it.  They don’t usually make for very interesting stories or photographs.  So this year I thought I’d see if the What’s Chirping community could conjure up a few good stories.  So this New Year’s Day grab your camera, walk out side and open your eyes. Perhaps you’ll find an interesting story or beautiful photo to share, and who knows, maybe get a year of good luck.

Guidelines:  We want a story about and/or photos of the first bird you see on New Year’s Day.  A story can be a paragraph or two  or longer if you wish, but keep it less than 1,000 words.  Photos should feature birds or illustrate the story.

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