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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

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

Pectoral Sandpipers Lookin’ for Love in All the Right Places

3 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

”Well, I’m the type of guy who will never settle down Where pretty girls are, well you know that I’m around”...

The Ultimate Goshawk Experience In Maine

The rocky coast of Acadia National Park. This June I had the opportunity to go to the Acadia Bird Festival in Maine which is a gorgeous place to get Barry Manilow's Weekend In New England stuck in your head. Maine is a fantastic state to visit and Acadia National Park is one of the coolest federal parks you can check out. Show More Summary

This Week in Bird News: Hawaiian Edition

7 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

In the popular imagination, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. (No, not a magical place—you’re thinking of Tahiti, Agent Coulson.) But...

A Lump and a Split and the List is Shredded?

8 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

(With regards to The Smiths for the title inspiration) North American listers, if you haven’t already been following the latest...

You Think You Know Hummingbirds, But You Have No Idea

9 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

It’s coming right for us! Ruby-throated Hummingbird photographed by Corey If you’ve ever watched hummingbirds zip through a garden or...

Review: Levenhuk Karma PRO 10×42 Binocular

11 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Click the image above for what I call “Still Life With Dylan” When it comes to binoculars, I’ve long been...

Northern Flickers Have Found My Nest Box

11 months agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

As some of you may know, I have been monitoring about 35 nest boxes on three Bluebird Trails going on seven...

Noisy, but nice

Blogging is a peculiar activity. It initiates an internal monologue when one is alone in the field and keeps up...

Playback or Birding in the Dark

It is a cold night in early March and the young moon barely visible through the thick branches of the...

It’s Nestcam Season—Take Your Pick and Take a Peek!

In the Northern Hemisphere, at least, spring has sprung. Which means spring fever. Which, in the bird world, means babies....

Birdchick Podcast #203 Weezer, Vultures and the ABA

This flamingo report popped in the news just after I left Florida. Also...I don't think this person knows what a "money shot" is. Weezer sold a crazy package of birding in the Galapagos. Join the American Birding Association and say we sent you. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #200 Stories Sharon only tells in bars.

Thank you, Annie Aguirre for the art and incorporating my feelings about snowy owls and my love of Pokemon. What? We are giving away something from Mincing Mockingbird? It's the third book Prolonging Revenge Through Reincarnation: The Paintings of the Mincing Mockingbird Volume III Hardcover Art Book. Show More Summary

The Most Birds

A recent comment thread on Facebook about absurdly high counts of some species in the eBird database got me curious....

Podcast #197 More Snowy Owls,

This podcast is brought to you by Wildside Nature Tours. They offer a variety of tours. Check out the delightful Brome Birding News Cast. Audubon takes a firm stance in favor of collecting the mustached kingfisher for science. Also, here is the article that "literally" make a reader sick. Show More Summary

Every sperm is sacred

… especially if you’re a lady bird in heat. Because unlike those of mammals, avian ova need penetration by multiple sperm...

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