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Birdchick Podcast #146: Swifts, Storms and Spiders

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The national symbol causes 4th of July fireworks to be moved.

Rumors abound that Australia’s Night Parrot has been photographed.

In Guam, spider populations explode as birds disappear.

Why table sugar is ok for birds.

The Thai version of Birdchick.

It’s the Digiscoper of the Year contest.

It’s the last push for my Digiscoping Big [...]

The Autumn Office


Well, here we are with another report directly from the field as I do a blog post with nothing but my iPhone and my spotting scope.

Every autumn when I’m fortunate enough to have fieldwork, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this landscape as an office and that my duty is [...]

Winter Surveys


I’m still doing some of my bird surveys. And up until this week I was having a cheery time in the field, but now it’s so incredibly silent. I can’t believe this is the same spot that was chock full of bobolinks not so long ago. It’s so strange to suddenly have a spot [...]

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

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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 [...]

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 #40 Gyrfalcons, Penguins & Eagles


What’s everybody talking about this week? Birds with Arms!

Gyrfalcons are secret seabirds?

Emperor penguin shows up in New Zealand. And here’s a link to what Non Birding Bill mentioned: penguins nesting on landmines!

Bald eagles defend nest outside of an Alaskan post office.




Birdchick Podcast #22 Osprey, Young Birder of the Year, Lake Superior Boat Cap’n


1960s Lake Superior boat (and birding) captain has crazy migration stories (must read story).

It’s the American Birding Association Young Birder of the Year, Rachel Butek.

Mallard hen lays her eggs outside of a Chik-Fil-A. Crazy duck or insanely clever camo? In other waterfowl nesting news, a deer protects a female Canada goose incubating [...]

Birdchick Podcast 02-25-11

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[Note from NBB: I've fixed the reverb problem and reuploaded the audio file. Thanks for bearing with us while we figure out the technical end of things.]

The latest Birdchick Podcast is up. Next one should be up on Monday.

Here are links to some of the stories discussed:

Starving eagles in Vancouver Island.


Turkeys In Trees

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Man, that is a bleak landscape.

I went out the other day with Non Birding Bill to look for golden eagles. I know, NBB going birding? What?? Well, we’ve both been busy doing shows, he went to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show and then I went to Atlanta for AmericasMart We’re basically [...]

Golden Eagle To Be Released With Satellite Transmitter

Tuesday, January 18th at 4:oo pm, the National Eagle Center and Audubon Minnesota will release a golden eagle with a satellite-linked tracking device. The release will take place outside Wabasha, MN (along Wabasha County highway 32), near where the bird was captured.

This release is part of an on-going project investigating golden eagles that winter [...]