Birdchick Podcast #189 The One Sharon Forgot About

What? We podcasted last week? So we did. On our sunroof with chimney swifts and jets flying over.

I apologize for the sound quality. But because there really isn't much in the way of birding podcasts out there, here you go.

Kites use underwear for nest

Eagle flies off with osprey chick on nest cam

I think we talked about the threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but don't worry, that amendment has already been shut down. But I'm pretty sure I talked about his article

 

Non Birding Bill Told Me To Try The Hydra App

Non Birding Bill has been raving about a photography app called Hydra. When you click to take a photo the app takes up to 60 images and then merges them into a single high-quality picture. He said it would be great for birding. Heres' what I got:

I think this is supposed to be a hairy woodpecker. 

I think this is supposed to be a hairy woodpecker. 

So, Hydra, great for selfies...not so much for birds who constantly move.  

White-crowned sparrow digiscoped with the camera app that comes with the iPhone 5s and Swarovski ATX 65mm scope.

White-crowned sparrow digiscoped with the camera app that comes with the iPhone 5s and Swarovski ATX 65mm scope.

I thought maybe if I found a bird that was perched and not actively feeding like the above white-crowned sparrow might give me better results. Above is a photo taken with the camera app on the iPhone. Below is Hydra.

White-crowned sparrow digiscoped with Hydra app on iPhone 5s and Swarovski ATX 65mm scope.

White-crowned sparrow digiscoped with Hydra app on iPhone 5s and Swarovski ATX 65mm scope.

Maybe if you are into some surreal photos of birds this might be the app for you.

Dancing Dougal

We have a pet rabbit named Dougal. When he's really happy he hops in all different directions. We call this "popcorning" but the rabbit industry insists on calling it "bunny binkies." I just can't call it that. Regardless, if your rabbit does this, they are happy:


Birdchick Podcast #186 World Girl Birders

Hey gang, there is still space left on the relaxed Panama birding tour. Come with me, we will see cool bird and sloth and end the day with booze and bat falcons and tinamous. 

There is now a World Girl Birders page you can join on Facebook. 

Interesting story advocating feeding ducks fruits and vegetables instead of bread

This is the worst hummingbird feeder every. Really, don't do this.

This is the worst hummingbird feeder every. Really, don't do this.

One of the best thing you can do is plant at least one native plant in your yard. Are you up for that this summer? Here are some tips

Crows bringing gifts to a kid sparks others to share their crow sharing stories