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Crow Coughing Up A Pellet


I periodically do segments on our local All Things Considered broadcast in the Twin Cities. I offered to show them the winter crow roost and the host Tom and his producer Sam were interested. You can listen here and they brought along a videographer who got some terrific footage of the crows, be sure to [...]

Fish Crow…man, there is a lot we don’t know about this bird

Fish Crow

As I’m going through my Florida photos choosing what to add to my official album for my Big Half Year fundraiser, I posted one of my fish crow photos.

Some of you who read this blog and are not that into birds are probably wondering, “Hey, Shaz, how can you tell that’s a fish [...]

Tryin’ To Get That Digiscoping Feelin’ Again

Canada Goose

So in an effort to get to know my new digiscoping set up better, I keep stopping out here and there to test out different settings. Today…I had my ISO way too high and ended up with some arty shots that I kind love:


I love how eerie these bleached out crows look–something [...]

Birds and Beers coming up! And Random Crow

crazy blue sky

Just an FYI for Twin Cities peeps, there’s a Birds and Beers this week on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6pm – 9pm at the Lion’s Tap in Eden Prairie, MN.

One of the things I love after a good snow is how crazy blue the sky can get in Minnesota. This was the [...]

Birdchick Podcast: #65 Eagles and Window Strikes

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Interesting…do satellite transmitters harm birds?

Bald eagle rehabbed by The Raptor Center was banded and the band was recovered, giving a clue as to how birds fare post wildlife rehab.

Bald eagle that was injured and is now used for public programs flies into a window at a football stadium causing public outcry from animal [...]

Birdchick Podcast 03-04-2011


The latest Birdchick Podcast is out. Below are links to some of the things we talked about:

6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Smarter Than You

Cats Killing 79% of Catbird Fledglings

One Woman Blocks Rookery from chainsaws

Jeff Foiles Duck Hunting Scandal

Herpetologists vs Ornithologists

ABA President’s Message Will you answer our challenge issued [...]

Stupid Hipster Crows


Non Birding Bill and I drove by Loring Park tonight and expected to find this:

But when we arrived there, the crow roost was bare! The roost has moved. As I let loose a stream of profanity as to how this affects Birds and Beers, NBB said, “You know what happened, they arrived around [...]

January Birds and Beers at the Loring Crow Roost!


The next Birds and Beers is on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm at Joe’s Garage. This is the one where we watch the millions of crows fly into Loring Park!

I’m looking forward to this one, the crows at Loring Park are a spectacular sight and last year’s gathering was the biggest Birds and [...]

The Crow: A Reappraisal


NBB’s Guide to the Bird You Saw: Crows

Okay, so hopefully you’ve gotten the identification of Sparrow down pat. If not, there’s no hope for you, and you’re destined to lead a lonely, sheltered life, fearing the companionship of your fellow man. Which, ironically, makes you a perfect candidate to be a [...]