Birdwatching Podcasts

Listen to great podcasts with interviews and discussions, all relating to birdwatching.

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Providing Water for BirdsFrom chickadees to Cooper's Hawks, most birds love a good bath. Some birds get the fluids they need from their food, but many birds need a drink at least twice a day.

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94 Benedict Macdonald: Rebirding our countrysideIn episode 94, we meet Benedict Macdonald, conservationist and author of the award-winning "Rebirding - restoring Britain's wildlife".

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How Brown Pelicans DiveBrown Pelicans fly just above the surface of the water. They circle high, then diving headfirst, plunge under water to catch fish.

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825 March 28, 2021On Our Latest Show: Tree Swallows in the Talkin' Birds Garden; good news about Bald Eagle populations; and encouraging survival news about a southern woodpecker.

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Homing PigeonsPigeon fanciers from around the world race specially bred homing pigeons over distances up to 600 miles.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough March 27, 2021Your fanatics of our fine feathered friends discuss preparing for another season of birding on BirdTalk sponsored by.

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Watching Birds' BehaviorTo distinguish one bird from a similar one, watch how the bird moves. Does it flick its wings?

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The Power of Albatross PartnershipsWaved Albatrosses produce such slow-growing, needy offspring that females lay only a single egg every two years.

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Cheery American RobinWhat was the first bird you noticed as a child? Perhaps you heard the cheery song of the American Robin coming from the top of a nearby tree.

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05-12: This Month in BirdingIt's the last Thursday in March and that means This Month in Birding. It's the first of 2021 that can officially, meteorologically, and birdingly, be said to be in spring, even if that spring is tumbling in like an awkward albatross landing.

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Ariel Gaffney, "Bird Crime Fighter"Ariel Gaffney is a forensic ornithologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab. But what even is a forensic ornithologist?

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Spark Bird: Ryan Mandelbaum and the Great Blue HeronAs a kid, science writer Ryan Mandelbaum avoided birds, thinking they were gross and kind of scary.

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93 Neighbourhood Bird Walk, Hampshire, UKNow that Spring has arrived, Suzy takes us on a bird walk in her neighbourhood, in Hampshire, UK.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #95 with Eric HeiseyOn this episode Eric Heisey and I talk about his birding, his research on Savannah Sparrows at the Ryan Norris lab working on an island in the Bay of Fundy with a breeding population of Savannah Sparrows.

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Florida's Dark SideProtections for fragile populations of Florida's unique wildlife never seem to be enacted until it's too late.

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The Sociable Weaver's Colonial NestWhen it comes to nests, common sense suggests that large birds build large nests, and small birds build small nests.

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Florida the MagnificentOf mainland America's 49 states, Florida is unique in the number of plants and animals found nowhere else in the country, and Laura is in love with a great many of its wonderful birds.

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Episode 159: True Nature: Waking Up to Brants, by Julie ZickefooseWhile appreciating a flock of Atlantic brant in Rhode Island one winter, columnist Julie Zickefoose reflects on the passing folks who seem to not even notice the little gabbling geese, and how being a bird appreciator can sometimes be a lonely stint.

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Episode 158: True Nature: Access Is Everything, by Julie ZickefooseIn 2016, a derecho toppled 32 trees on Julie Zickefoose's property, blocking access to the trails across her orchard.

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Pigeons and Head-bobbingPigeons seem to bob their heads as they move, like they're grooving to an internal tune.

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Bird EnvyLaura has long appreciated how much more advanced bird senses are than ours, but suddenly last week, she discovered a new reason to envy them.

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824 March 21, 2021On Our Latest Show: The Bird DIva explains Slow Birding; Mike reports on some bird courses and videos; we get an Audio Postcard from Alabama; and we report on a conservation effort in Maine.

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Voices and VocabulariesFew backyard birds are as beloved as the Black-capped Chickadee. The boldly patterned chickadee is perky, trusting - and it seems to introduce itself by calling its name - chick-a-dee.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough March 20, 2021Your avid afficiandos of aviary talk about the breaking of Spring on this episode of BirdTalk sponsored by.

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Blakiston's Fish-OwlThe Blakiston's Fish-Owl is the largest owl in the world. Compared with North America's largest familiar owl, the Great Horned, the Blakiston's is six inches taller and nearly three times as heavy.

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Episode 89: Spotted Owl Conservation with Ryan WickiserRyan Wickiser is a field biologist who has studied California spotted owls in Eldorado National Forest.

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Wood-WrensEach sings a different phrase, yet the phrases are so closely linked, it sounds like one song.

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Singing in the CityIt's a challenge for birds to sing through the loud hum of traffic. Many just belt it out, but not all birds.

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05-11: ID NationSpring is here and birders across North America, including new pandemic birders for whom this might be their very first spring migration as a birder, are looking forward to birds return.

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The Superbly Adapted OspreyThis Osprey looks similar to other birds of prey. But the species is truly unique among raptors.

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Insects Are EssentialInsects sustain our ecosystems, as a food source and pollinators of 90% of all plants.

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Feed the birds, but do it right!Sometimes feeding birds causes problems, but the pandemic has revealed an unexpected problem when tourists stopped feeding birds.

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92 Week 5Continuing her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries, Suzy shares her bird observations from week 5, covering the period 2nd to 8th February 2021.

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Tree Swallows March NorthEvery March sees the annual spring migration of Tree Swallows. Most of these swallows spend the winter along the Caribbean, in Central America, and in the warmest parts of South Texas and California.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #94 with Jon AndersonJon Anderson is a hard guy to miss on a birding trip. He is a big guy with a big moustache who is not shy about joining in any conversation, and he enjoys both birding and birders.

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Birds in the News, Part IGood news and bad news in the world of birds.

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823 March 14, 2021On Our Latest Show. Dr. Richard Holland sheds light on how storm-blown migrating birds use the Earth's magnetic field to find their way back to their route.

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Tune Up Your EarsMany other birds - including this Yellow Warbler - will return north from the tropics in April and May, announcing themselves in song as soon as they arrive in nesting areas.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough March 13, 2021The guys take your calls and discuss bird bath heaters, balcony birds, missing birds, owls, and more.

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A Treasure Chest of HummingbirdsHummingbirds' names evoke their exquisite qualities and variety, from sabrewings to woodstars to sunangels-to this Violet Sabre-wing.

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91 Conversations with Women BirdersMarch 8th every year is International Women's Day. This annual event provides a focus to celebrate the achievements of women and a call to action to challenge gender disparity.

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The Best NestSome birds woo a mate by building the best nest. Males of many weaverbird species construct a series of intricately woven nests to impress a prospective partner.

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Women's History Month: Florence Merriam BaileyDuring this Women's History Month, Laura will be talking about women who made important advances in ornithology.

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Flicker AttackIn early spring, a male flicker may drum on a metal stovepipe or other resonant surface to attract a mate and proclaim his territory.

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05-10: Birding, annotated, with Ted FloydTed Floyd and host Nate Swick try something a little different this time around. They went birding, each in their respective neighborhoods, and come back together to talk about it.

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Looking for Long-eared OwlsDid you know that Long-eared Owls roost communally in the winter? There has been a communal roost site at one of our local refuges, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, with multiple owls seen almost daily.

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Creating an Inviting HabitatBird feeders and birdbaths are great ways to attract birds to your yard, but they aren't the only ways to entice our feathered friends.

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Spring!We will certainly have plenty of frigid weather in the coming weeks, but spring is here.

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Everybody Knows a MallardMallards are found virtually everywhere there is open water, from city parks and subalpine lakes to sheltered bays and estuaries along the coasts.

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George Miksch Sutton's Poem, "Forever and Ever, Amen"Today Laura reads George Miksch Sutton's poem, "Forever and Ever, Amen." To reproduce this poem in any form, credit must be given to George Miksch Sutton, and the poem must be reproduced in its entirety.

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Mockingbirds Mimic FrogsThe avian world is full of mimicry artists, but Northern Mockingbirds take it to a new level.

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George Miksch Sutton, Part IToday Laura remembers one of her favorite bird artists, who drew some of her most treasured portraits of baby birds.

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822 March 7, 2021On Our Latest Show : How to know if you're a birder; how squirrel-chasing hot pepper affects birds; and another milestone for Wisdom the Albatross.

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The Red-bellied Woodpecker and Its Curious NameRed-bellied Woodpeckers are bold, conspicuous, and vocal, thriving in rural and urban areas east of the Mississippi.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough March 6, 2021The Bird Talk Guys talk with Anne Price, the President of the Raptor Education Foundation, and they take your calls and talk about Gulls, bird watching at Barr Lake, and Bald Eagles.

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Prairie WarblersDespite their name, Prairie Warblers nest in tree farms of recently planted pines, in fields overgrown with scattered shrubs, and in clearings under power lines.

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Episode 88: Alvaro Jaramillo, the Bird ID GuruAlvaro Jaramillo is among the best in the world at bird ID, and regular readers of Bird Watcher's Digest know him from the Identify Yourself column.

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Robins and Berries in WinterIt's mid-winter, and a passing flock of robins suddenly drops out of the sky. A moment ago, the yard was empty of birds, but now it's full.

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90 Week 4Suzy shares the fourth entry in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries and describes her regular garden visitors.

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Feathered Females in ChargeMale birds are often the larger, flashier sex that courts choosy females, who in turn raise their chicks.

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05-09: Unraveling a Nighthawk Migration Mystery with Elly KnightGPS devices have been a boon for migratory bird research, and it seems that every year a new species gets a turn in the spotlight.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #93 with Debbie BeerDebbie Beer is a birder, traveler, and works at Nature Lands, a land trust in the Delaware Valley area.

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Anniversary of The Day AfterForty-six years ago yesterday was the first morning in her life that Laura woke up having a life list.

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The Crafty American CrowCrows. Large, black, noisy. The raucous birds of the neighborhood. Some people love them; others aren't so sure.

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Spark Bird: Olivia Wang and the Sky DancersWhen Olivia Wang was in college, she did field work with Northern Harriers. She remembers the first time she saw a male doing a courtship display known as sky dancing: "It's just all these aerial acrobatics and loops and dives."

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Red-tailed Hawk, Bulky BirdThe Red-tailed Hawk is the most common and widespread hawk in North America. Red-tails often perch on fence posts in rural areas or even atop lights along the roadway.

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Bird Watch 02-27-2021Bird Watch with Roger Taylor See for privacy information.

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821 Feb. 28, 2021On our latest show : Owl expert Denver Holt; backyard bird guru Mike O'Connor; and intriguing bird observations from listeners.

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Spring Brings New Bird SongsAll winter long, our neighborhood House Finches - like this one - have called to one another with their distinctive, sweet cheeps.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough February 27, 2021The guys take your calls and talk about humming bird nests...Canadian Geese and help ID a few species of birds.

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The Vulture's Iron StomachCircling silently above the earth on broad, black wings, vultures need little introduction. We know them as nature's clean-up crew, dining on dead and decaying animals.

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Here Come the Barred OwlsThe emphatic hoots of a pair of Barred Owls resonate in the still of a winter's night.

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Nest Boxes Help Bring Birds BackWherever you live, chances are a sweet-singing, cavity-nesting bird would be happy to perform in your yard - and it might stick around if you offer it a cozy nest box, like the one this Carolina Wren enjoys.

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05-08: This Month in BirdingIt's the last Thursday in February and that means it's time for This Month in Birding!

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Birding Minnesota: Sax-Zim BogSax-Zim Bog is one of those legendary places we knew we'd have to go someday - below freezing temperatures and Great Gray Owls are the things most birders dream about.

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Our Far-Flung Correspondents: WDRT Listener Mark Kastel's Barn SwallowsMark Kastel, who listens to "For the Birds" on WDRT in Viroqua, Wisconsin, shares a lovely experience with Barn Swallows.

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SanderlingsHere and there along winter shorelines, little flocks of pale, silvery shorebirds probe at the water's edge, keeping pace with each wave's ebb and flow.

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Kelp in the Eagles' NestA pair of Bald Eagles will reuse their nest each year and repair it with new tree branches.

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89 Australian BirdsPodcaster and author Evo Terra spent several years travelling and living in various countries. First becoming interested in the natural world as a child, he retains a sense of wonder when travelling to new locations.

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Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owls aren't rare, and they don't live in remote locations. But their plumage and habits make them incredibly elusive.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #92 with Cyndi RoutledgeOn this episode Cyndi Routledge and I talk about her passion for hummingbirds, her research on hummers as well as other species, and her banding experiences.

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820 Feb. 21, 2021On our latest show : The fight to save the Seaside Sparrow; an audio postcard from an unusual birding spot; and backyard bird expert Mike O'Connor's answer to a listener's birdbath question.

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The Elegant Black TernElegant Black Terns breed in summer on secluded wetlands across the northern states and Canada.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough February, 20 2021The guys take your calls. They discuss wind turbines and solar panels, and the effect on the bird community.

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Altamira OrioleIt was only in 1939 that this Altamira Oriole was first found north of the Rio Grande River.

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Episode 87: An Interview with Pete DunnePete Dunne is one of the most well-known and respected birders in North America, probably because he has been a prolific author of books on birds and birding for the past 30 years or so.

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Museum Eggs Help Solve MysteriesThere are five million bird eggs stowed away in museums across the world - and the study of eggs, called oology, can give us great insight into birds.

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Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Amber Li's StarlingsOne of Laura's correspondents was having problems with too many starlings at her feeding station.

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Elephant Birds Laid Really Big EggsWhat bird laid the largest eggs ever known? To date, the record holder is the now-extinct Elephant Bird, a relative of the present-day Ostrich and other large, flightless birds, including rheas, cassowaries, and kiwis.

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05-07: A Sparrow Back from the Brink with Andrew WalkerOne of the most underrated bird stories of the last few years, has been the rapid decline of the resident Florida subspecies of Grasshopper Sparrow.

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Looking for the Special OnesWhen we pay attention to special individual birds in our backyards, we have more at stake during horrible cold spells.

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Spark Bird: Diana Sudyka's First Bird IDWhen illustrator Diana Sudyka was in second grade, she was given a Peterson's Bird Field Guide.

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Swan SongThe idea of the "swan song" recurs from Aesop to Ovid to Plato to Tennyson.

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The Robin's NamesakeLike the American Robin, the European Robin is a bird of yards and gardens. But it's not much bigger than a chickadee.

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88 Week 3 Lockdown Birdwatching DiariesSuzy shares the third entry in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries. Timestamps and Links:.

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819 Feb. 14, 2021On Our Latest Show : We meet "The Butterball"; backyard bird expert Mike offers advice about birdhouses; and the great David Clapp provides some insight about this winter's finch irruption.

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Tokens of AffectionBirds have many ways of showing affection for their partners. One way is allopreening, where a bird uses its bill to groom a mate, twirling each individual feather in its beak.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough February 13, 2021They discuss sparrows, birds feeders, and more. See for privacy information.

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Crossbills Nest in WinterIn the grips of winter, when most songbirds are months away from the breeding season, crossbills are already warming up.

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Chickadee Line-upYou'll find the Black-capped Chickadee across the northern US into Canada. The Carolina Chickadee holds sway in the Southeast.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #91 with Alex PatiaAlex Patia is my guest on The Bird Banter Podcast #93 and we talk about his birding story and experiences.

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Our far-flung correspondents: The Greatest GiftA few weeks ago, KUMD listener Frank Koshere wrote to Laura about the importance of exposing small children to natural sounds.

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You Are What You EatHouse Finches are familiar birds all across North America. Researchers have shown that the red coloration of males is produced from carotenoid pigments in the birds' diet.

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05-06: Birding through Pandemic and Cancer with Rebecca HeismanThe year 2020 was an especially difficult one for many of us, but for writer and birder, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined!

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What does Biden-Harris mean for the birds?On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America and Kamala Harris was inaugurated as the 49th vice president.

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Winter Bird FeedingLaura didn't see a single owl on Superb Owl Sunday this year - birds are hunkering down during this cold spell.

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Seeds of AttractionWhat is it that draws us to a romantic partner? Birds have lots of ways to catch the attention of a mate.

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Snowy Owls Are Here!In some years, great numbers of Snowy Owls come south from the Arctic to reside in fields, farmlands, and shorelines.

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87 Dr Amir KhanSuzy's guest is Dr Amir Khan, General Practitioner, best-selling author, Nature enthusiast and Ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts.

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A Pigeon-eyed View of the WorldPigeons - and other birds with eyes on the sides of their heads - have a different view of the world from that of creatures with forward-facing eyes.

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Winter's EndWe may be going through the coldest spell of the entire winter, but there are signs that winter is just about over.

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818 Feb. 7, 2021On Our Latest Show : a Common Grackle Audio Postcard; a Conservation Salute to Norwegian car buyers; and pre-Valentine's Day bird romance talk from our Mike O'Connor.

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San Diego Bay in WinterBirds and people share San Diego Bay - a deep-water port, navy ships, pleasure boats, and salt-evaporation ponds.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough February 6, 2021The Bird Talk Guys take your calls and talk about owls, sparrows and lots more.

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Rock Pigeon, Urban BirdThe Rock Pigeon is the quintessential urban bird. Early European settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth introduced it to North America in the 1600s, and it is now found across the entire country.

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Episode 86: A Look Back at 2020, Part 2After wrapping up a year of unprecedented challenges at Bird Watcher's Digest, we wanted to give you some insight into how COVID-19 has impacted our lives both personally and professionally.

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Consider the OstrichThe flightless Ostrich is a bird of superlatives. It's the largest and tallest bird on the planet, growing to maybe eight feet tall, and weighing 250 pounds!

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Superb Owl Sunday, 2021This Sunday is the day Laura celebrates as Superb Owl Sunday. What will she see?

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Can Birds Spread COVID-19?Birds are ideal hosts for various viruses: they gather in large flocks, often carry viruses without any symptoms, and their migrations connect all parts of the world.

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05-05: In Defense of the Cowbird with Sarah WinnickiPity the poor cowbird. Under-appreciated at best and outright hated at worst, the cowbird and its nest parasitic ways certain lend themselves to strong opinions.

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Red-crowned Cranes Dance on HokkaidoOn a snow-covered field in northern Japan, two majestic Red-crowned Cranes face one another, raise their heads toward the sky, and call in unison.

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What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? Part 3Last time, Laura reminisced about what she was doing when she was seven. Today she talks about how those early experiences shaped her life as an adult.

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Three KingfishersThe Belted Kingfisher is the one species of kingfisher found throughout most of North America north of Mexico.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #90 with Cameron CoxOn The Bird Banter Podcast #90 Cameron Cox and I talk about lots of things, but maybe the most interesting to me was to hear about his philosophy on bird identification and the ways birders can learn more advanced bird ID.

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Spark Bird: Corina Newsome Meets the Blue JayIn an ornithology class in college, Corina Newsome was introduced to the Blue Jay. After this, Newsome was determined to learn about the world of birds she had never noticed before.

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86 Week 2Suzy shares the second in her series of lockdown birdwatching diaries, and gives the result of her Big Garden Birdwatch.

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What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? Part 2Last week Laura talked about Bob Hinkle's question, "What were you doing when you were seven?"

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817 Jan. 31, 2021On Our Latest Show: How birds cope with the cold; how Harris's Hawks hunt; and how Birding Tools can enhance your birdwatching.

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Sleeping on the WingSome swifts and frigatebirds stay aloft for months. But for a long time, scientists did not know if the birds might be sleeping on the wing.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough January 30, 2021Dave and Scott take your calls and talk about owls, blue jays, and more.. See for privacy information.

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Screech-Owls Are Looking for a HomeLooking for a project this winter? Consider giving screech-owls a helping hand. Eastern and Western Screech-Owls span the wooded areas of the continent, nesting in tree cavities left vacant by large woodpeckers.

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Oh, Nuts! The Trials of a Red-headed WoodpeckerKnowing when to hunker down and when to move on is a matter of survival for the Red-headed Woodpecker.

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Why Do Chickadees Come and Go?A chickadee comes in to the feeder, quickly grabs a seed, and flies away. It may return immediately, but it's more likely to wait its turn.

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05-04: This Month in BirdingIt's This Month in Birding for January 2021, and we start the new year off with a panel as impressive as Lady Gaga's gigantic bird pin.

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Prep your yard for the Great Backyard Bird Count!Is your backyard ready? Ours isn't... but there's still from our local Backyard Bird Shop gave us some great information on feeding wild birds, providing water, and creating a backyard oasis for any sized backyard.

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Migration Routes EvolveWhy do birds consistently follow certain routes in their migrations? Pathways of migration evolved, shaped by the wind.

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What were you doing when you were seven? Part ILaura's mentor Bob Hinkle asked a profound question. The answer will affect how committed each of us is about protecting the environment as an adult.

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What Happens When Birds Get Wet?Have you ever seen a bird foraging in the rain and wondered why it isn't soaked to the bone?

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Episode 156: Long-eared Owls, by Alvaro JaramilloThe long-eared is an owl many only dream of seeing, despite occurring across the continent.

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Episode 155: My Little Chickadee, by Al BattFunnyman Al Batt muses that reducing birding to one word is impossible, but he would choose "chickadee." Al has good reason to be smitten with this tiny bird outfitted with an oversized personality.

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Yellow-billed CuckooIn addition to their scientific names, birds are also given "official" English names. Take the bird commonly known as the rain crow, for example, officially referred to as the Yellow-billed Cuckoo by the American Ornithological Society.

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85 Big Garden Birdwatch 2021 with Jamie WyverJamie Wyver, from the RSPB, tells us about the upcoming Big Garden Birdwatch, an annual survey organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds , and how we can take part.

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Figuring Out the Big WorldLaura has been looking through what she wrote about a baby Pileated Woodpecker she raised in 1998 and thinking about how it learned new things compared with how her baby grandson is figuring things out.

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816 Jan. 24, 2021On our latest show: how and why birds blink; how one birder's adventure made him rich; a Conservation Salute to a footwear company; and a Sandhill Crane Audio Postcard.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough January 23, 2021Dave and Scott take your calls and talk about owls, bushtits, Canadian geese, bird books and more.

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American RedstartWho knew that this American Redstart's feathers could reveal so much information about its life?

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Episode 85: A Look Back at 2020, Part 1After wrapping up a year of unprecedented challenges at Bird Watcher's Digest, we wanted to give you some insight into how COVID-19 has impacted our lives both personally and professionally.

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Treeswifts: Exquisite MinimalistsThe treeswifts of India, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and beyond make their nests out of bits of plants and feathers and hold it all together with some very sticky saliva.

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Rhinoceros HornbillRhinoceros Hornbills are among the largest of the world's 54 species of hornbills, which are spread across Africa and India to Asia and New Guinea.

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Of Supernovae and Full MoonsThe American Birding Association's Jeff Gordon wrote, "Pileated Woodpeckers have gone from seeming like supernovae to something more like the full moon: impressive and enchanting, and mysterious, yes, but neither rare nor unpredictable." Laura agrees.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #89It's a new year, and more impactful for my emotional state a new presidential administration, and this prompted me to look back at the podcast's first 2 years.

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The Noisy WilletUnlike many shorebirds, Willets breed inland. When nesting is done, they migrate south to both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines in the U.S. and Central and South America.

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05-03: Notes from the High Arctic with Clare KinesLong-time bird blog fans might remember, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined!

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61 Tons of Robins!In winter, flocks of American Robins spend the night together. Typically, a few dozen to a few hundred birds roost communally in trees or an old barn, or under a bridge.

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The Dinosaur ConnectionWhy do we talk about dinosaurs as if we'd actually seen them?

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The Flicker's White RumpWhen a Northern Flicker takes flight, a bold patch of white feathers flashes on its rump, in contrast to its brown body.

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Bohemian WaxwingsIt's winter, and apples litter the ground. A few still hang, frozen and thawed again and again.

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A Lost Little Bird on a Great Big LakeLaura drove up to Stoney Point this weekend to see a lost little bird, quite possibly of the same species that Pa Ingalls brought home in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, The Long Winter.*.

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815 Jan. 17, 2021On our latest show : Scientific illustrator and artist Liz Clayton Fuller; a Snowy Owl's close encounter with a Bald Eagle; and will there be Crested Caracaras in Cleveland?

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The Secret Stash of EggshellsDeveloping eggshells requires a key ingredient - calcium - in larger quantities than the female typically has in her bloodstream.

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84 Lockdown Birdwatching Diaries Week 1In episode 84 I start a series of weekly audio diaries about my Lockdown Birding - sharing what birds I've seen and the behaviours observed from my home and the surrounding streets.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough January 16, 2020Dave and Scott talk birds with Jeff, Roger, Kevin, Dana, Janice, Dave and Roberta.. See for privacy information.

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Hooded MerganserHooded Mergansers, affectionately known as "Hoodies," nest across most of the northern US and well into Canada.

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Why Do Grebes Eat Their Feathers?Eared Grebes eat brine shrimp and aquatic insects for sustenance, but rigid exoskeletons make them hard to digest.

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The Reverend Bachman's Doomed Baby Pileated WoodpeckersJohn Bachman, one of John James Audubon's friends, wrote about a rather horrifying encounter with Pileated Woodpeckers for Audubon's Birds of America*.

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Why Arctic Terns Have Short BeaksThe bill and legs of Arctic Terns are shorter than those of Common Terns. Because Arctic Terns breed in the Arctic and winter in the Antarctic, they are subject to much colder weather than are Common Terns.

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05-02: How to be "Hawky" with Janet NgThe wide open spaces of the North American west are frequently spotted with signs of human industrial energy production.

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Birding Lakes and Islands in the SkySE Arizona is full of incredible birding locations and we've saved our favorites for last!

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Long-eared Owls Fly at NightNocturnal Long-eared Owls tuck up in dense stands of trees across North America and temperate Europe and Asia.

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Birds, and One Birder, in the NewsSick siskins, flying condors, bird brains, and a major award for a poet who has read some of his work on "For the Birds" are in the news.

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Why Do Some Birds Flock?When birds like these Dunlin form flocks, each individual is less likely to be captured by a predator.

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The Hoopoe's Smelly FamilyThe Eurasian Hoopoe isn't picky about where it nests. But whether it builds a home in a tree cavity, termite mound, or nest box, it'll be stinky.

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83 Best Birding Moments of 2020In episode 82, Suzy looks back at her best birding memories from 2020 and hears about those of listeners too.

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Real vs. Virtual Bird SongsListening to bird recordings can bring us a lot of pleasure, and enhances our sense of well-being.

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Why Do Owls Bob Their Heads?If you were to stand face to face with an owl, including this Great Gray Owl, it would eventually move its head, bobbing rhythmically from side to side, then forward, then back.

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Sooty TernSooty Terns have long been called "wide-awakes" because of their calls. But it may describe their sleeping habits, too.

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Episode 84: Jen Hajj and the San Diego Bird FestivalAn event managed by the San Diego Audubon Society, the San Diego Bird Festival enjoys a reputation as one of the top birding festivals in the world.

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Birds, Nests, and CamouflageBird nests can be hard to find, often hidden in plain sight. Is the clever camouflage simply the result of using building materials that the birds happen to find?

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American Birding Association 2021 Bird of the YearIt took Laura 6 days to see this year's new ABA Bird of the Year.

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Saving the Red-cockaded WoodpeckerAfter carving a nest cavity in a living tree, which can take a year or more, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers peck holes around the nest, causing sap to flow downward.

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05-01: A Guide to Bird Behavior with John KricherJohn Kricher is well known by anyone with an interest in tropical ecology. He's professer emeritus of biology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and the author of many books, notably Tropical Ecology and A Neotropical Companion, re-released as A New Neotropical Companion in 2017.

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Birds That WhistleMany bird songs are rich and complex, difficult to remember, and nearly impossible to imitate.

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Bog BirdingLaura started the year right, with a day of birding in the bog.

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Outdoors with the Urban Bird CollectiveMonica Bryand, co-founder of the Urban Bird Collective, takes us along to capture an image of Sandhill Cranes.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #87 with Dan CooperI hope you enjoyed listening, and as always I welcome feedback, either as a review or rating on the podcast on your favorite podcast feed platform, by comments on the Bird Banter.com blog that adds supporting details to this episode, or by reaching out to me @birdbanter on both Twitter and Facebook.

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JaywalkingIn 1917, cars had only recently become common, and stepping out into traffic was dangerous.

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813 Jan. 3, 2021On Our Latest Show: "America's Amazon"; the Bird of the Year; brisk backyard bird bathing; and the cascading calls of the Canyon Wren.

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Ptarmigan in WinterBoth the Willow Ptarmigan and these White-tailed Ptarmigan, feathered mostly brown in summer, are utterly transfigured by an autumn molt.

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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough January 2, 2020See for privacy information.

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Sparrows Kick, Robins PickIf you watch backyard birds, you will likely see some characteristic behaviors. One example is "foraging" styles - the behaviors that a bird uses to find food.

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How Feathers InsulateA single Canada Goose has between 20 and 25 thousand feathers. Some are designed to help the bird fly or shed water.

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Evening GrosbeakLaura's New Year's wish is to see lots of Evening Grosbeaks this year. We're in the midst of a "finch superflight," but Evening Grosbeaks have been few and far between in Duluth.

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Pulling Rank at the BirdfeederBirdfeeders full of seeds or suet can spark nonstop action. Chickadees flitter in and out.

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04-44: Four Years of the American Birding PodcastWe didn't intend to make an episode this week, but friend of the podcast Jordan Rutter came to me and suggested that instead of the regular podcast we should do a special one where she interviews me* for a change.

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Tucson HotspotsThere are a lot of great places to bird in Southeastern Arizona... but don't forget about the amazing places that are near Tucson!

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The Legendary PhoenixThe ancient Greeks and Egyptians described a mythical bird called the Phoenix, a magnificent creature that was a symbol of renewal and rebirth.

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Eagle "Rebirth" reduxPeople are still promoting the myth that eagles can magically be reborn.

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Searching Out Mega-Roosts of Chimney SwiftsChimney Swifts have feet so small that they can't perch. Instead, they cling to the sides of vertical structures.

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Screech-Owls Go FishingScreech-owls are opportunistic diners. In the Pacific Northwest, they'll prey on small birds, crayfish, large ants, or earthworms.

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2020 Duluth Christmas Bird CountLaura had to cut back her participation in this year's Christmas Bird Count, but still had a splendid time in what turned out to be a record-breaking count on a few fronts.

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812 Dec. 27, 2020On our latest show: The Birding Life in South Africa; the fierce Northern Shrike; and why native plants are so important for birds.

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The Music of Long-tailed DucksLong-tailed Ducks are back for the winter from the north, where they nested on tundra ponds and marshes.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #86 with Jason WestlakeOn The Bird Banter Podcast #86 with Jason Westlake we talk about his vocation as a professional traveler, his integration of birding into that career, and birding in Costa Rica where Jason now lives and runs the Tierra de Sueños Retreat and Wellness Center in Puerto Chiquita.

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Prothonotary Warblers in Congaree Creek Heritage PreserveThe Prothonotary Warbler can be found throughout the Southeastern U.S., including in South Carolina's Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.

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Dona Nobis PacemDoves symbolize peace on earth, goodwill to all. BirdNote celebrates the season with a version of Dona Nobis Pacem, arranged and played by Nancy Rumbel.

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Valle de OroValle de Oro, or Valley of Gold, sits amid heavy industry along the Rio Grande outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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From the Start, Daffy Duck Has Been a Cartoon OriginalFrom his start in 1937, the gangly, black-feathered Daffy Duck was a cartoon original: wildly outspoken, volatile, and confrontational - a truly daft duck.

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The Magic HedgeIn the 1950s, the U.S. Army leased land along Lake Michigan, outside of Chicago, to build a fort.

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The DodoNearly 400 years ago, Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to lay eyes on the Dodo, on the island of Mauritius.

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811 Dec. 20, 2020On our Latest show : The Wonderful World of Owls with the Cornell Lab's Kevin McGowan; solving the mystery of the Partridge in a Pear Tree; and will a Major League Baseball team become known as the Crows?

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Terry Tempest Williams Reads from RefugeAuthor Terry Tempest Williams, having lost her mother to cancer, begins to mend in the company of birds and nature.

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WinterFor birds and other animals with good natural insulation, winter provides a striking benefit as they scavenge.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #85 with Jonah GulaOn The Bird Banter Podcast #86 I talk with a young birder and graduate student Jonah Gula about his work with African Storks, his birding story and other research work, and about African Storks in general.

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Episode 83: An Interview with Ben LizdasBen Lizdas is a familiar name in the global birding community. Having spent 16 years at Eagle Optics, nearly three years with Bird Watcher's Digest / Redstart Birding, and now working with Swarovski Optik North America, Ben has a unique perspective on birds, birding optics, and the birding community.

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Christmas Bird CountDuring late December, birders go out counting every bird that hops, swims, flies, or soars into view, as they have for more than 100 years.

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Buying BinocularsLaura doesn't have recommendations about specific binocular brands or models, but does have some suggestions about what to look for.

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82 My Garden Birds, November 2020Suzy shares her birding moments during the second Lockdown in England in November 2020, including hearing her first nocturnal migration of Redwings.

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Global Reach of the Boreal ForestThe boreal forest occupies a vast swath of northern North America, totaling 1.5 billion acres, stretching from interior Alaska eastward to the Atlantic coast.

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04-42: Invasion of the Winter Finches with Matt YoungThe winter of 2020-21 is one the likes of which we have not seen before.

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SE Arizona and Ash Canyon Bird SanctuaryHannah and Erik escape the cold of Oregon for the warmer temperatures of Tucson, Arizona.

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Dowitchers Get a Second WindThe two American species of dowitchers, Long-billed and Short-billed, are similar in appearance but have distinctive calls.

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Bird Feeding IdeasLaura has some reminders and suggestions about good bird feeding practices.

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Watchers of the Land in the Boreal ForestThe Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area in the Northwest Territories, Canada, protects more than 18 million acres of the boreal forest.

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Diving BirdsIf we could watch them under water, we'd see this Common Loon racing like a torpedo.

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Free Gifts for Bird LoversLaura has some ideas for free or very inexpensive gifts for bird lovers and for birds.

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810 Dec. 13, 2020On Our Latest Show : A nutcracker with a magical memory; the Zero Waste Project; and ideas about what to buy — and not buy — for the birdwatcher and nature lover on your list.

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Raptors in the Mojave DesertDesert raptors get most of their water from eating prey animals. Biologist Blair Wolf explains, "if you think of any insect or a mouse or something like that, they're maybe 75% water." Those animals become less plentiful in a hotter, drier climate.

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Buffleheads in WinterBuffleheads have returned for the winter, down from the boreal forests of the north where they breed.

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Northern Saw-whetChristmas tree plantations may not be the best habitat for wild birds, but they do hold an attraction - for Northern Saw-Whet Owls.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #84 with Larry HubbellTire particulate and salmon runs recent article Life after Eddie post Link to drop of water call of Raven Larry Hubbell and I talk about his decade of regular patch birding and blogging at the Union Bay area as well as his work to restore the Arboretum Creek drainage system to a functional riparian habitat.

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Hanging TogetherThere aren't as many backyard birds in December as we saw earlier this year. How do we get through these hard times?

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Photographing Western Sandpipers at the Fraser EstuaryDozens of species of shorebirds have been observed at Roberts Bank in British Columbia, Canada.

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04-41: Birding Book Club: Best of 2020It's finally December of 2020, the month of annual superlatives. It was a pretty interesting year for bird books and we convene the Birding Book Club crew to talk about them.

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Waxwing NightlightThe warm colors and bright accents of the Bohemian Waxwing might make you think it glows in the dark.

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Western Sandpipers' Hairy TonguesThe Western Sandpiper makes an annual migration from its winter home in South America to Alaska, where it breeds in summer.

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The Avocets of Bolivar FlatsThe shallow waters and wide mudflats of the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary are alive with thousands of gulls, terns, and shorebirds.

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Centennial Celebration for a SpruceOne of Laura's venerable trees has made it to a hundred. She's just not quite sure when.

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809 Dec. 6, 2020On Our Latest Show: An amazing study about bird communication; a Conservation Salute to some young students from Portugal; and more bird books for the holidays.

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Anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife RefugeDecember 6th is the anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, designated so in 1960.

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Why Birds' Feet Don't FreezeHave you ever watched ducks walking around in freezing temperatures and wondered why their feet don't freeze?

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Episode 82: An Interview with Al BattThere's more to Al Batt than meets the funny bone. Bird Watcher's Digest readers adore Al for his sometimes silly, sometimes goofy, sometimes touching, always joyful column in each issue.

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The RoosterThe chicken is perhaps the most widespread avian species in the world - and the exotic Red Jungle Fowl is the ancestor of the hybrid Araucana and Rhode Island Red.

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The Value of One Individual AlbatrossLaura was starting to get nervous when the US Fish and Wildlife Service hadn't put out news about Wisdom, the 69-year-old albatross who nests on Midway Island.

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