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Birdchick Podcast #68: Eagle Shenanigans & Field Guide or Checklist

Immature bald eagle causes some serious shenanigans at Santa Barbara Zoo.  On a side note, Karen pointed me towards another wild eagle that got flirty with a captive eagle at the Orange County Zoo.

Guys who make bird repellents say they can cut down on bird deaths.  Both Flock Buster (here’s the ingredients) and Bird Bright ultraviolet paint say they can help.

Steve Dale from Cat Channel tries to extend an olive branch to birders over the whole feral cat issue…all while still getting in a good poke at bird advocates.

Birding is Fun is now a multi-author blog!

I’m very confused.  I love stuff from Princeton University Press, but illustrated field checklists confuse me.  This book is an illustrated checklist of the Birds of North America and Greenland by Norman Arlott.

It looks like a field guide…but it’s not.  I like the illustrations but I don’t understand it as a checklist. But if you’re looking for a book with all the birds in North American (and Greenland) you’ll find this book handy.  Although, if it’s a checklist, where are the boxes to check?



8 comments to Birdchick Podcast #68: Eagle Shenanigans & Field Guide or Checklist

  • Thanks for mentioning “Birding is Fun!”. Clay is pretty awesome and he knows himself well. He asked me to give him topics and deadlines. Greg Miller is such a popular busy guy now, but says he’ll surprise us with posts now and then. Alvaro also is super busy with his tour company and being a soccer dad. He’s very popular on the speaking circuit and also a super nice guy. These three gents won’t be monthly contributors, but I’m hopeful that they’d be willing to share their content now and then. Lillian Stokes is wonderful and generous!

    On the illustrated checklists from Princeton – I love the concept for this series…and it seemed to be geared toward regions lesser known. I’m surprised about the North America & Greenland…but like NBB says, I think it really is a travel-size field guide.

  • Heather

    A small formatting issue. There’s an extra 2:46 at the end of the podcast. There’s silence and then after a minute or so you here a snippet from the previous podcast talking about whether it’s podcast 66 or 67.

    I’m not complaining, though! It’s free!

  • The multi-author blog phenomenon is interesting. In my experience, the more authors jump onto a site the less I visit that site. I won’t name names but I feel like some sites have lost their focus. There are two problems, first off in a multi-author setting I find that I like some authors and not others. If I’m reading them in a feed reader, the articles I don’t want tend to clutter things up and I then end up just not reading the entire feed. It would be really interesting to have separate feeds for each author on a multi-author blog. I could then choose who I want to subscribe to. This would also help with the other problem which is volume. If you have ten bloggers and they each post every other day you end up with five new articles every day and it becomes hard to keep up. Anyhow, just my two cents.

  • joan schnabel

    Sharon, Gali would call back and forth to a female GHOW last year. then at least twice she came into the yard to visit him. It was really bittersweet.

  • @Heather–thanks for the head’s up. I’ll alert my crack tech staff aka NBB…although we actually we had a very similar argument at the end of this podcast. And now I’m going to be terrified of what’s still recording when we finish…

    @Robert I promise to tell NBB you agree with him…

    @Kirk That’s an interesting point. It’s a great way to increase traffic to a site and I can see it being a good compromise if trying to balance time online with time in the field. I do like the idea of separate feeds for each author but that may defeat what the blog is trying to get–lots of visitors.

    @Joan That has to be so cool to have in the yard!

  • mthgordon

    I seem to recall reading something about the UV paint that suggested that it was intended to be used to make netting over the ponds more readily visible to birds. As for making windows more visible, UV-reflective coatings might be more useful than paint, for all parties concerned, though you’re correct that they’d be dark at night.

  • Funny timing, as I left work today a barred owl hooted from the trees forty feet away from me and the mew of our captive barred owl. I watched a chickadee dark full speed across the clearing and chase the owl back into the woods. This owl has been hanging around and actually trying to get into the mew.

  • @Twin Cities Naturalist – you might be surprised in that I agree with you about multi-author blogs in that I don’t reading all of the contributors…but I feel the same way about all the birding magazines too. That would be cool to have feeds for each author. I’m okay with multiple posts in a day on certain blogs…but volume can overwhelm people. That’s why I’ve asked my contributors for just once-a-month posts spread out across the entire month. I’d love to continue to get feedback from readers about what they like and dislike about the new format.