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Birdchick Podcast 02-27-11

[Note from NBB: Fixed the echo on this one as well. Big thanks to Olga Nunes for her help.]

The latest Birdchick Podcast is up! In this, Non Birding Bill and I discuss teenage songbird song, eBird, the BirdsEye App, the Big Year Movie and Cornell’s upcoming Young Birder Event (which I get whiney about).


Drunk bees!


Hello all, NBB here.

Yesterday was a pretty shining example of why, three (?) years into this process, I’m still the junior beekeeping assistant, the Barney Fife of the apiary world.

To get everyone up to speed: the bees needed to be fed, Sharon has to work, Neil is out of town, Hans is out [...]

Birds with Hats and Bee Stings


Hello all, NBB here.

Sharon’s a bit swamped with deadlines, so she’s asked me to fill in with a blog post about all the exciting things that are happening in the birding world. But since I avoid knowing anything about the birding world with great vigor, I instead present you with Birds Wearing Hats.


West Bound and Down!



I’m wrapping up my time in Atlanta and I wait for my flight home to Minneapolis. I have to say that the trade show that I went to was smaller than usual and one had to really search to find something innovative and not just [...]

Rock Dove! Down, down, down…


NBB’s Guide to that Bird You Saw: Pigeon

The Finale of our adventures with all the birds you really need to know, is, of course, the humble pigeon, or “Rock Dove” (which was a lesser-known single off Fred Schneider’s solo career. He doesn’t talk about it much), which is another bird that people [...]

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 [...]

NBB’s Guide to the Birds You Saw


Sharon’s taking a much needed Blog Vacation, and I have been asked to fill in for her once again. So without further ado, we present the following helpful series for the unwilling birdwatcher.

Birdwatching: hobby for the insane?

Surprisingly, no! Even those who are merely married to a birder can learn to [...]