Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 20 Most Viewed BiF Posts in 2012

Here are the Top 10 most viewed posts at in 2012:

1. Bird Comparison Photos, by Kimberly Kaufman

2. Birding Apps Revisited, by Robert Mortensen
3. Birder Personality Profile, by Robert Mortensen

4. What's for dinner? - Snowy Egret, by Steve Creek

5. New Years Antelope Island Birding, by Robert Mortensen

6. Big Catch! by Julie Gidwitz

7. Views from Waters Edge, by Julie Gidwitz

8. Birds of the Bible, by guest blogger Dr. Steve Carr
9. BirdCaching, by Robert Mortensen
10. Quick Birding App Survey - Part One, by Robert Mortensen
11. Birding App Survey - Part Three, by Robert Mortensen
12. Backyard Birding, by Robert Mortensen

13. A Peek at Beaks, by Julie Gidwitz

14. Nice is Better than Mean, by Kimberly Kaufman

15. If I had a favorite bird, by Greg Gillson

17. Tragedy in a Barred Owl Family, by Scott Simmons

19. Birds Eye View by Julie Gidwitz

20. The Good Thing About February, by Pat Bumstead

What drives a birding blog post to go viral is still a mystery to me. Is it a cute picture? A salient topic? A great author? Key words that make the post easy to find by search engines? A well social networked person? A combination of all of the above?

What were your favorite and memorable posts from during the last year? Please tell us in the comments! 

I want to express my profound gratitude to the awesome BiF contributors. Their talents, skills, and time dedicated to this website blow me away. Thanks to you for reading and we look forwarding to sharing more of our passion for birds, birding and bird photography with you in 2013!


  1. Cheers Robert! To a great year of birds and bird blogging!

    These were all such excellent posts--I remember them well. Rich Steel's post with the Nordic birds was pretty awesome too, and I mean awesome in the literal sense, not the over-used teenagers take on the word.

    Thanks for all of your hard work Robert.

    1. There really have been some amazing blog posts at over the last couple years. Some really great ones didn't really go viral for whatever reasons that I'll never comprehend. Thanks you for being one of those amazing BiF contributors!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for being a regular reader and commenter Adam!

  3. Wow! Congrats to Julie who made it 4 times! You do have a great bunch of bloggers Robert and I am proud to be one of them! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for your monthly amazing contributions Kathie! I'm honored to count you among my friends! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. I think each and every post by every contributor was fabulous and deserves praise. Posts take time, effort, thought, taking great photos, processing those photos and pulling them together with text to make a wonderful post. I am in awe of all the talent at BIF and thank you all for sharing it. Happy New Year to all I look forward to your contributions in 2013.
    Lillian Stokes

    1. Amen to that Lillian! I think the quality of posts at have been exceptional. The contributors are so talented and bird photography, writing, sharing birding adventures in a captivating way, and more. I am so honored to have you as one of our amazing contributors! Happy New Year and Happy Birding to you and Don!

  5. Thanks, Robert, for a rich blog and providing the invitation and venue for publishing my first ever blog post this fall. You helped get me over a hurdle I'd been looking at for some time. I appreciate all the time, talent, stories, information, encouragement, and images shared by all the contributors.

    1. Jeff, we've both known that you were destined for the birding blogosphere with your epic write-ups and photos shared on the Utah birding listservs. It was only a matter of time. Glad you made the leap to share you passion and talents!

  6. Thanks to all of my fellow BiF! contributors, and especially to you, Robert, for having this marvelous idea in the first place. It's been such a pleasure to be a part of this team and I've learned so much from all of you. I'm looking forward to another great year of birds, birding, and Birding is Fun!

  7. Lots of photos of bright colored birds--the more photos, the more popular and shareable. Photo quizzes do exceptionally well. It's no accident that the #1 post is a photo quiz with lots of bright birds!