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Birds Impaled By Sticks

Below is actually a repost of a blog post made back on September 25, 2006 (holy cow, how is my blog that old). I wanted to link to it on the Facebook page but because it’s on the old blogger platform and it’s not letting me grab just that particular blog entry.

I’m reposting [...]

Scope Eyepieces For Digiscoping

With the 20-60 zoom eyepiece and zooming in with the iPhone.

I haven’t thought about scope eyepieces all that much. Swarovski Optik has three different eyepieces you can choose for your scope a 20-60 zoom, a 25-50 zoom and a 30 fixed. For newer people to the blog, those numbers give you an idea of the scope’s magnification or of how close the image is brought [...]

Birdchick Podcast #90: Ryan Gosling & Hawk vs Snake

Birding Vest

There’s a meme surrounding actor Ryan Gosling which sort of centers on him being the best boyfriend ever. It started as a general thing and then each hobby took the Hey Girl theme…and so it has come to birding. Here is the Tumblr blog and of course, you can like it on Facebook. Here’s a [...]

Wet-tailed Hawk

drenched tail

In the midst of all the last minute planning for The Big Year Birds and Beers I still have to work and I’m in the middle of 3 different bird surveys. One is my fall waterfowl surveys in conjunction with the National Park, US Fish and Wildlife, MN DNR and WI DNR and the others [...]

Birdchick Podcast #58: Hurricane Irene, Bird Excitement


Reader feedback from Kevin Collison: “You frequently mention birding groups efforts to attract more birders (members). I have one, tell them to stop being so hard on hunters. Most hunters, like myself, have a love for nature too. I love hunting, birding, and nature photography.”

Interesting RADAR image from Saturday night of bird migration and [...]

Birdchick Podcast #43 Vulture Fail

Sorry about all the cockatiel noises in this one. Kabuki was very put out about our absence over the weekend.


Remember how the Germans were gonna use turkey vultures to seek out missing dead bodies…it’s not working out so well. Insert Sad Trombone.

Broken pipeline on the Yellowstone River pumping thousands of gallons of [...]

Birdchick Podcast #26 Brewer’s Game Hawk & Angry Birds


Bird News:

Cooper’s hawk crashes a Brewer’s game while trying to nail a pigeon. Photos of the young hawk here.

Angry Birds and BirdLife International team up.

Watch wild birds instead of only playing Angry Birds!

Olivia Bouler (who is 11) has raised more than $200,000 for oil spill relief…oh and yeah, she has a [...]

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 [...]

Hawk On A Deer Carcass


One of the things that I’m bummed about my current schedule is that I do not have the time to get to Carpenter Nature Center like I used to. But, Jen Vieth who is the Development Director, keeps me on the email list to let me know what’s going on and yesterday, she sent a [...]

Random Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-leg in the snow

Rough-legged hawk in the snow. This is a bird being seen in the New Brighton area of the Twin Cities. I found it hunting an open area along with 2 red-tailed hawks–buteos getting along. Apparently it’s been around awhile. I see it’s sunny today, I may go back out and get some sunny photos.