Birdwatching, or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity or citizen science. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, by listening for bird sounds, or by watching public webcams.

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    • BirdNote Podcast Escape the grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Subscribe to BirdNote for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Snipe Hunt - BirdNote

      One of the most ethereal of spring sounds is that made by the Wilson's Snipe. Much as if they were playing a reed instrument, the male snipe produces a winnowing sound in flight by metering, with his wings, the flow of air over his tail-feathers. Among the most venerable of practical jokes anywhere
      1. Snipe Hunt
      2. Wandering Albatross Molt
    • Bird Watcher's Digest Podcast Central Welcome to Podcast Central on Bird Watcher's Digest. Check out our featured podcast channels--This Birding Life, Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds, and Author's Spotlight. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Episode 90: Bruce Wunderlich, Master of BirdTography - Out There With the Birds

      If you have admired the appearance of Bird Watcher's Digest, it is Bruce Wunderlich, our production director, who should get the credit. Bruce lays out each issue of BWD and its sister publication, Watching Backyard Birds, places the ads and photos, builds the table of contents, and otherwise assembles each issue. He is also a professional and award-winning bird photographer, and many of his magnificent photos appear on the pages of both magazines. He also contributes the BirdTography column in each issue of BWD. Listen in as BWD editor Dawn Hewitt interviews her colleague and friend in this episode of Out There With the Birds.
      1. Episode 90: Bruce Wunderlich, Master of BirdTography
      2. Episode 89: Spotted Owl Conservation with Ryan Wickiser
    • The Casual Birder Podcast Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds!
      Suzy shares her observations, interviews, and bird walks with guests, and stories from listeners around the world. Featured birds are primarily from the UK, Europe, and North America. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episode

      #96 Meet My Garden Birds, Hampshire, U.K. - The Casual Birder Podcast

      This week’s episode was originally created for International Podcast Month, September 2020, and released on their podcast feed.   Over the past year, many of us have been seeking solace in nature. As I have remained at home much of the time since the lockdowns began, my garden birds have provided interest and distraction.  In episode 96, I provide an audio portrait of the 13 bird species that regularly visited my garden during 2020, including:   - what they look like,  - how they sound, and   - some of the behaviours and interactions I've noticed. If you live in the UK, this episode will help you to identify some of the more common birds found in our gardens and parks. Wherever you live, I hope it will encourage you to look more closely at your own local birds, and maybe consider keeping a journal of their appearance and behaviours. Time stamps: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:31  Introduction Past episode 00:06:25  Promo Casual Birder Weekly Newsletter Signup 00:07:27 Eurasian Blue Tit 00:09:39 Great Tit 00:11:23 European Goldfinch 00:13:44 House Sparrow 00:16:35 Dunnock 00:18:24 European Robin 00:20:54 Eurasian Blackbird 00:23:57 Episode 100 - your help required / Podchaser #Reviews4Good Podchaser Link 00:25:08 Eurasian Magpie 00:28:40 Eurasian Jackdaw 00:31:41 Rook 00:36:42 Common Wood Pigeon 00:41:57 Eurasian Collared Dove 00:43:26 Red-legged Partridge 00:47:52 Keep in Touch Tell me about your bird sightings 00:48:09 Support the show Buy me a virtual coffee on 00:48:27 Wrap and Close Thank you to Randy Braun for designing the artwork for the show. The theme music is Short Sleeved Shirt by The Drones. Thanks to them for letting me use it. Check out their website
      1. #96 Meet My Garden Birds, Hampshire, U.K.
      2. #95: Week 6 - Lockdown Birdwatching Diaries
    • The American Birding Podcast The podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel, and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      05-14: A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul - American Birding Podcast

      Migratory birds undertake some of the most extraordinary and exhausting undertaking of any living things on the planet, an endurance test made all the more difficult by climate change, habitat loss, and illegal hunting. Few know this better than Scott Weidensaul, a bird researcher, prolific nature writer, and the author of more than 30 books, mostly about birds. He first tackled bird migration with 2000’s Living on the Wind. He comes back to the topic with a new book A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, out this month. He joins Nate Swick to talk about the new book and the the limits of bird migration.  ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it!
      1. 05-14: A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul
      2. 05-13: ENCORE - The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon
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