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Monfragüe National Park, A Vulture Lover's Paradise

Let me tell you about about vultures...and Iberian ham... Birders looking badass as hell climbing up to Monfragüe Castle to do some birding in Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura. I recently visited Extremadura which is in the southwest region of Spain and bordered by Portugal. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #224: Johnnie's Cowbird Question, Update on Canuck the Crow

House finches that use cigarette butts in the nest may get some insect protection. Canuck the Crow is causing some mail delivery problems. Also, you can follow him on Facebook. Eagle mistakes testicles for turtle eggs (fake news). Report your dickcissels. BSBO and ABC stops a wind turbine on the Great Lakes.  

Birdchick Podcast #223 Cowbirds, Audubon, Gay Griffon Vultures

Eastern phoebe feeding a brown-headed cowbird chick. Cowbirds are kind of like the Manchurian Candidate. Gay griffon vulture pair raise a chick in an Amsterdam Zoo. A fascinating look at the amazing talent of Julie Zickefoose as she restores an Audubon Elephant Folio. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast 222: Cuba Birding and Migration

Weird things happening on bird cams. There appears to be a Canada goose uprising and they're taking over osprey nest platforms. Not all ospreys are taking it lying down. The field guide we've all been waiting for: The Field Guide To Dumb Birds of North America.

Birdchick Podcast #221: Nest Watch, White-throated Sparrows

Help a graduate fund her research project. How much would you pay to go glamping for a nigh parrot in Australia? The city if Wichita is offering tips to prevent herons and egrets from nesting in your yard. The California super bloom has been great for birds too. Be sure to check out the video. It's project nest watch time and there is of course an app for that.

eBird Is The Best Passport

Birders wandering the streets of Innsbruck on a rainy night. Recently, I was in Austria with a bunch of other birders from around the world to check out Swarovski's amazing BTX. One of the things that I love about these trips is that...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #220 Birding Extremadura, Birds Do Weird Stuff

Have you seen Swarovski's new BTX scope? Also, the Cotton Carrier tactical birding harness is no joke and comfortable in the field. Are you having a hard day? Check out this bubbler type bath with a buttload of Allen's hummingbirds. Why do turkeys walk around in circles and why do bush stone curlews stare at themselves? Canada's national bird battle. Show More Summary

Swarovski's BTX: Half Scope, Half Binoculars, All Comfort

I remember years ago in my twenties working at a wild bird feeding store and reading Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman on a slow day and thinking, "Man, I'm wasting my life by playing it safe with a steady job. I need to be out traveling...Show More Summary

Song Sleuth: The Bird Song ID App

One of the most common questions I get in my Tech Birding classes is, “Why is there no Shazam-type app that will allow me to use my phone to identify bird calls?" Two reasons: 1. Birds have accents. Generally, when you hear Adele singing...Show More Summary

The Magic Of Finding Owls

We're having our third straight weird winter in Minnesota. A third winter of unpredictable weather patters. February used to be my guaranteed snow shoe hike month and for the past three winters I've had to just call them hikes or cancel them because thaw cycles of turned the trails to ice. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #219 Owl Drama and Birding Apps

The owl drama is intense this month on social media. You can follow the hashtag #owlmasterbaiters on Facebook to following along. Funny caracara story and terrible caracara movie. Lawsuit in New York to protect threatened piping plovers from non native feral cats. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #218

For some reason, somebody took this guy seriously about his ivory-bill sightings. Seriously, he's been at this since the original sightings. Falcons on a plane. Great news, updated Warbler Guide app and it's now available for Android! Bird themed tarot deck.

How To Look Like A Bad Ass Birder

Have you ever been out birding with your digiscoping kit or traditional camera equipment and wondered if there was an easier and more comfortable way to carry your camera and binoculars at the same time? Did you ever hope you'd look like a total bad ass while doing it? Well, I have three words for you: Tactical Birding Harness. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #217 Ross's Gull Drama

  This winter's gull drama involves a Ross's gull. Here's one heck of an eBird list with pictures. Bald eagles might be more of a problem on free range chicken farms than we realized. Newer podcasts to check out: American Birding Out There With The Birds

The Update to Baby Porcupine Eating Banana with Hiccups

Ten years ago while volunteering at The Raptor Center I went to my friend Gail Buhl's office. Though she's in charge of the eduction birds, she's a licensed wildlife rehabber and sometimes takes in other creatures. That day she had a...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #216 Panama, Subarus and Species

Thank you to everyone who became new members of the American Birding Association last year and sited us as a reason. We won the trip to Canopy Tower in Panama! I was there back in 2012 and I've always wanted to go back! Some Subarus now include an app that directs you to birds reported to eBird. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #215 2017 Goals and Podcasts

Are you in the mood to travel? Want to go to Cuba? Come with me! There are some new podcasts in town that you should check out! One is from the American Birding Association and the other is from Bird Watcher's Digest. Here's a sum up of the people who did a 2016 North America Big Year. Show More Summary

Birds Eating Marshmallows

Orange-crowned warbler chowing down an a marshmallow. I know, it's weird. If you ever go birding around Falcon Dam in Texas, one of the routes to take to look for birds is through the campgrounds. There are some birds moving around and even better, campers often put out food for birds. Show More Summary

The Fabulous Hummingbird Bar At Rio Santiago

One of the coolest places I visited in 2016 also gave me one of the most unexpected experiences I've ever had in my life. While in Honduras we visited the bar at the Rio Santiago Nature Resort which is known for maintaining over 200 hummingbird feeders daily, including keeping them clean and full of fresh nectar throughout the day. Show More Summary

Not Getting a Quetzal

How can you not feel like you're on an adventure while birding in a landscape like that? This was taken at Los Naranjos Eco-Archeological Park. One of the reasons we started our Wildside Nature Tours Honduras trip at Panacam Lodge was that it is close to Santa Barbara Mountain National Park. Show More Summary

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