Thursday, January 13, 2011

Steve Martin: The Big Year, and now Rare Bird Alert

As most of our readers surely know by now, actor-comedian-author-musician Steve Martin is starring in the upcoming movie production of The Big Year, which hilariously recounts three birders' competition to see as many bird species as possible in North America in a single year.

Now, Martin is about to release (in March) his second bluegrass album, entitled Rare Bird Alert. Guest stars on the album include Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Think we'll be buying it. Martin's website has an image of the really cool Album cover.

Thanks to our buddy and fellow Maryland birder Dan Haas for alerting us to this one.

... speaking of fellow Maryland birders, we are pleased as punch that Rob Ostrowski has been named eBirder of the month by the folks at eBird.

   "Not only has Rob been a devoted eBird user for his entire birding life, but he also has been instrumental in wider promotion of eBird within his home state of Maryland. Even better, he is spearheading an effort to capture historical data, which might otherwise be collecting dust in a long-forgotten notebook or in some antiquated computer files," say the eBird folks.

   Maryland - not the largest state by size or population - is No. 5 in eBird checklists submitted for January 2011, behind only California, Texas, New York and Florida.


Larry said...

I saw Steve Martin perform on a PBS special-I was surprised at how good of a musician he is.

I'm wondering if any of the actors in the Big Year movie are birders or have taken up birding in real life since they started the movie?

Unknown said...

They both sound like a fun ride -- thanks for the heads up!

Kathie Brown said...

Wow, good for Maryland! Can't wait to see the Big Year Movie. Loved the book!