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Obligatory Snowy Owl Post

snowy owl male (1 of 1)

Hey! Have you checked out Project Snowstorm or contributed to it? You should donate because your money allows researchers to study an owl irruption in a way we’ve never been able to before–in real time rather than spending the next two years trying to figure out what happened, why it happened and if the owls [...]

Digiscoping with an iPhone 5s

SouthPadre Birds

Hey Minnesota and Wisconsin friends, my buddy Clay Taylor from Swarovski and I will be at the National Eagle Center on December 7, 2013 for the Optics Expo and if you have any questions about digiscoping or would like to learn more about using your smartphone with a spotting scope, this would be a great [...]

Midwest Birding Symposium Bound & Harrier


Quick note, for those interested, the next Birds and Beers has been set for September 30 at the Black Forest.

As I catch up and sort photos from my latest European trip, I’m packing for my next trip to the Midwest Birding Symposium. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and I’ll also [...]

TLS APO Adapter

Some people have asked to see the TLS APO adapter that I used with my Nikon V1 and Swarovski ATX 85mm spotting scope. Here is how easy it is to use. This was taken at the Biggest Week in Birding in May.

Killdeers, Oh my!


I realized on Monday that since I came home from Europe, I hadn’t done any birding apart from the usual mental notes of what is around me when I’m outside. We had a horrible storm that I’d been dealing with and some work that piled up. I was feeling out of sorts and I thought, [...]

PhoneSkope & Swarovski Objective Lenses

1 Robin Nest

Right before I left Europe I was faced with a packing choice I had not expected. The new Swarovski series of scopes have a choice of objective lenses. It’s a modular system and you can switch out your objective lenses. Due to the infamous bathtub video, I have all three on loan for a bit. [...]

My Perfect Birding Day

birds behind me

Yesterday went kerflooey. Someone close to me was in the Boston Marathon and I knew she had finished… but didn’t know where she was. Her phone would go directly to voicemail. Was it off? Was it tucked away in a locker? Was she caught in pandemonium? Was she injured or worse? Was she at the [...]

West Coast Beach Birding

Anna's Hummingbird

The beauty of bird watching is that you have something to do, no matter where you go, no matter how urban.

I had a project in Los Angeles to work on and time spent on a beach is never wasted and there always birds…though many of them were gulls (not my favorite). But I [...]

Winter Won’t Stop Coming

This time last year, I was kind of freaking out because it was crazy warm and I was tapped to help out with some eagle nest surveys. The leaves were fast approaching and there was concern that we wouldn’t be able to see into the nests from the plane, much less if there were eggs [...]

A Surprise Bird


I got a surprise bird for my Big Half Year fundraiser for the Friends of Sax Zim Bog…a Townsend’s Solitaire a mere three miles from my house. This bird is a bit out of range. And normally, I’m not much of a chaser in Minnesota, I’ve seen this bird before in its usual range and [...]