If you are confused it is expected... but Chuck is probably giggling right now because I bring this up on a regular basis. So I have this crackpot theory that needs further investigation but goes something like this. Men with beards seem to like birds. Now, the reason it needs further investigation is that this could be a Chicken vs the egg thing... that is to say I don't know if love of birds causes the desire to grow a beard, or if having a beard fosters love of birds.
But lets just allow the evidence to speak for itself.
EXHIBIT A: Vincent Van Gogh
This is a painting of nests that he did, and he also has one of crows flying.
EXHIBIT B: Iron and Wine Lead Singer Sam Beam
As is true with many bearded musicians he often sings about birds. For example his songs... Flightless bird, American Mouth
Bird Stealing Bread
Boy with a Coin (talks about a girl with a bird)
Two Hungry Blackbirds
Exhibit C: Peter Griffin from Family Guy...
I only included this because I feel like although it is a cartoon... it depicts a clue in the puzzle.
EXHIBIT D: Aubrey De Grey (longevity specialist)
My argument for this is pretty weak, but I watched him give a speech when he accepted his TED award and he was wearing a T-shirt with a bird on it.
EXHIBIT E: Unknown artist in front of bird he painted.
I should google his name... nope... I have spent enough time on this already today!!!
EXHIBIT F: No idea... Need I SAY MORE?!?!?!?!
This is a flickr photo taken at some beard competition.
EXHIBIT G: Fleet Foxes Lead Singer ROBIN Pecknold
First of all his name is Robin, and he sings about all kinds of birds... medowlarks, hummingbirds, sparrows and seagulls.
EXHIBIT H: Ray LaMontagne
My personal favorite of the bearded musicians (next to Chuck that is) also sings about "silly sparrows" and "callous old crows" Plus he sings a song called Winter Birds.
AND IF YOU WERE NOT YET CONVINCED THERE IS SOME LINK...
EXHIBIT I: Chuck Call my husband
Picture that sits on his dresser of a Crane, done by our brother in law Daniel
Chuck's beard in progress.
If anyone has any further insight into this phenomenon I would really be interested.