Birder is sometimes used as a derogatory term, on a par with "geek," "nerd," and "Trekkie." (Actually, we prefer "Trekkers," but I digress.) Well, I'm here to tell you, birders can be cool, especially when they play in a rock band.
Here they are, Mango Mama's house band, 6-7-8-OH, rocking out in Port Clinton.
Who is that oh-so-hot girl singer in front?
None other than the Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ms. Kim Kaufman!
And, did you notice the brooding bass player in black, working the beat in the background?
Yep, that's her husband, birder-book author-blogger, Kenn. Is there anything this couple doesn't do well?
But wait - there more.
At the EXACT SAME TIME that 678-OH was shaking the walls in north-west Ohio, The Swinging Oranutangs were tearing up Marietta's Front Street in the south-east corner of the state. I can hear you. You are thinking, "You mean, there are TWO Ohio rock bands featuring married birder/blogger/writer/artists?" Oh, yeah. And they were both in action last Friday night. What are the odds?
Here's my thought: Wouldn't it be fun to have an "Battle of the Birder Bands?"