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Filed Under:Hobbies / Birding
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Winter Wings Bird Festival

One of the many breathtaking views one can have during the Winter Wings Bird Festival. One of the cooler places I visited this year was the Winter Wings Bird Festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon on the California border and not that far from Crater Lake. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #180 New Sibley and TMZ Tackles Diversity in Birding

The downside to birding becoming gets covered in a very cringeworthy segment on TMZ. Guy in trouble for "rescuing" eaglets. There's a Kickstarter for a "Shazam" app for bird id called Warblr, meanwhile we still await the arrival of BirdGenie and I've been playing with something called Twigle. A revised Sibley is out. More on ortolans and poaching. Thanks, Craig!

You Can Relax Now, It's Safe To Purchase A Second Edition Sibley

A new printing of The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition is available and you can see a difference from the first printing with just the back cover. Note the bolder font on the book on the left. Hey, remember last March when we were...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcats #179: Drones, Ortolans, Owls stuck in cars!

Popular comic xkcd ponders the question of "Where do birds go when it rains?" Eating a small bird called the ortolan bunting: French tradition or some weird fetish? You need to vote (once a day) for your favorite birding spot in the US. Show More Summary

Birding Portugal In Autumn

Mértola, Portugal which is a big ole pile of history. If you need birding tour advice for Portugal, contact Birds and Nature Tours in Portugal. I was excited to test out the WordLens app on my phone. You hold up the camera lens on your phone to a sign and it tries to translate the sign into your preferred language. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcats #178: Yay, new listing clarifications...

Interested in the new ABA rules and changes to your listing? Visit this. Duluth had a lot of migrants hit windows and cars. Solar Power plant stopped. Raptor Center losing rodent supply because of a lack of mice.

Big Sit This Sunday

Song Sparrow. Anybody want to Big Sit this Sunday? I organized a smallish Big Sit with my National Park this Sunday at Cold Waterspring from 7:30am to 6:30pm. I'll be there as a Park Ranger hosting with my fellow Ranger Gordon Dietzman as we tally the birds. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #177: Media Blitz!

The Washington football team controversy and the colloquial name for the Long-Tailed Duck. The Vikings Stadium glass protest. Shaz is in Minnesota Monthly! Sharon is also a character in Swift Justice: A Bob White Murder Mystery by Jan Dunlap! Sharon is now on Ello. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #176 Birds Have It Hard

Just so you know, Non Birding Bill edited out an epic Wham/Ridgeway's Rail out of this. There's a protest for the birds and the Viking's Stadium. Here's a link to the "current" State Of The Birds. Gulls can be real dicks sometimes. Especially during migration.

Fun Stuff Coming Up September 22

The next two Birds and Beers are set: September 22 and October 12! On September 22, 2014 at 6pm at Grumpy's in Roseville, MN we will have a Birds and Beers in conjunction with Minnesota Dragonflies Society wants to join us for a Birds and Beers to kickstart their D&D (Dragonflies&Drinks). Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #175

We chat about BirdFair. I've been talking about the Vikings new stadium a lot. Even Wired is talking about it. An awful story about people who did awful things but the new reported it with a hilarious typo. Snoring Duckling!!!

BirdFair: Logistics For A Visitor From The US

Jackdaw and Wood Pigeon digiscoped through the window of my room at Oakham School. The first thing you need to know about visiting BirdFair is that it is not really about bird watching. Pretty much all of the birding events we have in...Show More Summary

The Vikings: An NFL Team That Prefers Aesthetics Over Wildlife

It's time to contact Governor Mark Dayton 651-201-3400, guys. The Vikings are just being ridiculous now. Let the governor know if you like football and that he called this the "people's stadium." We deserve a stadium that isn't lethal to birds. Dammit, Vikings. Show More Summary

BirdFair: Products, Passion and Conservation

This is an image taken with the Pentax Ricoh Theta-- I was trying to give an idea of what it's like to be in the thick of the crowd. One of the really cool things I saw at BirdFair didn't necessarily have to do with birding--it's the...Show More Summary

BirdFair: a few thoughts

I think this photo of the Andalucia Birding booth in Spain sums up what a lot of BirdFair 2014 was for me. Friends sharing ideas, business plans, great foods and maybe a drink or two. The gent in the middle with the beard is my friend...Show More Summary

BirdFair Bound & A Collins App

Packing the essentials for British BirdFair! I'm busy getting all the last minute laundry, packing and travel arrangements finalized as I head to BirdFair in the UK for the first time. I'm so excited because I have always wanted to go...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #174 Older Birders...

An article on National Geographic that starts off with, "B ird-watchers over 50 weren't as proficient as younger volunteers—those under 40—at detecting 13 (of 43 examined) songbird species during surveys for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario in Canada." As you can imagine, some birders aren't taking it well. I think all we can do is:

One Step Closer To Fixing The Vikings Stadium

Artist rendering of the new stadium. Note how close it is to the Mississippi River. We had some positive news over the weekend in regards to the new Vikings Stadium glass design and the seeming unwillingness of stadium officials to change to energy efficient glass. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #173: Football and Birds and OMG AOU Checklist Changes!

At test for the new site. Are you interested in the American Ornitholigists' Union check list changes for 2014? The Vikings have some issues with their new stadium. The blog and podcast have a new RSS. Update your feeds!

How Easy Is It To Fix The Vikings Stadium? Very.

Atlanta Falcons. Philadelphia Eagles. Arizona Cardinals. Seattle Seahawks (aka Osprey). Baltimore Ravens. Those are all NFL teams with bird names in them. You can't tell me that birds aren't important to football fans (or that people who are concerned about the new stadium design are anti-football). Show More Summary

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