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Overly Dramatic Painted Bunting


As cool as it is to do work in south Texas during spring migration, things like worm-eating warblers are really distracting when one has serious deadlines looming.

Things have been quiet on the blog and a little bit on the podcast front because I have been knee deep in a fun project with several [...]

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 [...]

Create Your Own Birds and Beers

Monday night I stumbled in from what was a six hour Birds and Beers with 42 attendees! I love that the event gets that many birders out on a week night, but the challenge hoisting such an event is that I don’t necessarily get to talk to my old friends who show up and last [...]

A Cleansing 2014 Post & Thank You.

Someone suggested that I needed to do a cleansing bird post…

Breathe in the turkey vulture, breath out. Breathe it in once more, savor it aaaaaaand exhale. And I remember all the reasons I love birds.

In all the craziness of the last week of 2013 I forgot that it was quite the year [...]

Calling Out Sexism

I’ve had a few people tell me that calling out sexism when it happens isn’t that easy and that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Let me show an example.

At first I didn’t want to bring this up because I think the man who wrote this on his blog thought, “Wow, Brooke and [...]

I Got 99 Problems But This Lady Ain’t One


A friend took me to task for writing about someone’s Facebook post on my blog because it was a private conversation on her wall. I disagreed because Facebook is not private. Yes, I have a “private” page and a “public” page but I ultimately know that anything on my “private” [...]

Private Digiscoping Tours

People have asked for it and I can only be in so many places at once, so here it goes. Would you like to have some one on one time with me for digiscoping practice? I’m now offering private digiscoping workshops. If you are in the Twin Cities metro area and would like to [...]

Furlough Family Visit

Pretty Ladies

I took some of my own advice on being furloughed and headed out of Minnesota to visit with my family in Indiana. I joined my mom and some of my sisters for time at one of the family cabins in Brown County State Park. Above I am lip synching to the Trolololo song [...]

How To Survive A Furlough


Sometimes, I just need a cleansing look at a bird. That is what gets me through the day. I love this immature male rose-breasted grosbeak. Barely a few months old and he eats at the feeder on his way to a marathon flight into Central America. Good luck, dude.

With the federal government [...]

I Love It When A Peregrine Comes Together

Yesterday I got an email from one of our local stations asking if I had time to talk about the changes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made to the state endangered species list. There were several animals and plants that had and adjustment but including birds. You can view the segment here.

The reporter [...]