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Birdchick Podcast #168: Bird Pictures

Here’s a link to an Audubon article that ticked me off because at first glance I thought it made digiscoping look like a joke. But it brings up a bigger questions of what is a photo and what is art. Examples of photos that have been manipulated green heron contest winner or blue heron and [...]

Birdchick Podcast #167: Owl Rides A Train, Oil Spill


Yep. Another oil spill. Follow National Audubon on Facebook for the most up to date info. Here’s a petition.

Owl rides a train from Scotland to the UK.

Eagle flirting gets out of control.

Ravens to be culled in favor of spotted owls.

Worst bird bander ever?

Stinky cuckoo is not the worse [...]

Birdchick Podcast #166: Sibley, Eagles and Whatnot

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What’s news in Minnesota? Eagle gossip. Also, this photo taken by Joseph Scrimshaw at a truck stop disturbed me:

I don’t know if you guys know this…but some dude named David Allen Sibley released a revised bird book and was in the Wall Street Journal.

Ugh. More snowy owl madness. Here’s a crazy shot [...]

Birdchick Podcast #165: Owls Again and Eggs

It’s World Sparrow Day soon!

Please everyone, let’s just be reasonable about snowy owls? Maybe? Latest Project Snowstorm update.

Swarovski Optik contest for SLC binoculars. Have a good campfire story?

Endangered kakapo accidentally crushes her egg but wildlife rehabbers fix it with tape and glue.

Photographer Jim Neiger pleads guilty to harassing endangered snail kites.


Birdchick Podcast #164: More Owl Controversies!

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Mya Rose Craig is an 11 year old lister…she’s already hit 3000 and has optics sponsorship. Now that is what I call an upper echelon birder.

Because, you know, birders don’t have enough to argue about, here’s a totally unexpected development. It’s legal in Wisconsin to trip snowy owls for falconry…and some guy did. Boom! [...]

Birdchick Podcast #163: Peace Doves Attacked, Amazing Snowy Owl Stories

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Really cool birds in flight video. Artist Dentist Hlynsky creates visual trails that illustrate the path of each moving bird in a flock. Really cool stuff!

White doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by hood crows and yellow-legged gulls. National Geographic has a [...]

Birdchick Podcast #162: Project Snow Storm & Listing


Holy crap, birding has gone mainstream: it’s in the Boston Globe (on Neil Hayward breaking the North American big year record), Wall Street Journal (birders using taped calls) and USA Today (how birding is attracting “young fans” lol in their 30s and 40s). Is 2014 the year of the BIRDER?

Project Snow Storm: [...]

Birdchick Podcast #161: Owls and Resolutions

Here is the horrific bird house NBB and I were talking about:


*shiver* and Ew!

Zombie bird feeder.

Here are the links we talked about:

Snowy owl nest.

Compilation of the best snowy owl pics so far this winter.

Some crazy guy in Iowa (who thinks owls have paws) started a blog on [...]

Birdchick Podcast #160 Snowy Owls and Backpedaling

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We talked about scare crows, snowy owls, what you should really be concerned about with wind turbines going up on Lake Erie and oh cool this contest from Celebrate Urban birds…you have until January 15, 2014 to enter.

Birdchick Podcast #159: Talking Starlings and Crossbills as Pets?


This is a hard story about the pet bird trade in Beijing but we need to read it. And before you think, oh these are birds, I’ll never see…check out the bohemian waxwing and red crossbill. On a side note, the US is offering a $1 million reward for information to help dismantle one [...]