Rank #2: Birdchick Podcast #207 Fallout, Misidentified Birds, Twitter Wars
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Some duck stamp artists are not happy about a proposed change to the stamp art.
This is the most badass red-tailed hawk you will see this year.
Apr 12 2016
Rank #3: Birdchick Podcast #203 Weezer, Vultures and the ABA
This flamingo report popped in the news just after I left Florida. Also...I don't think this person knows what a "money shot" is.
Guys, guys, guys! The Dutch police are training eagles to attack drones.
Valley Meadows. #nsfw
Feb 02 2016
Rank #4: Birdchick Podcast #213 Duck Stamp Documentary and ABA Contest
The American Birding Association is having several contests this year in an effort to get new members and get former members to renew. We are also having a contest for people to join the American Birding Association. If you join the ABA and in the comments on the application say you joined because of Birdchick or Non Birding Bill, then send us the confirmation with your mailing address you could win one of three prizes:
An Advanced Guide to Birding autographed by Kenn Kaufmann (we'll put in a personal message too if you want).
An autographed postcard from Neil Gaiman thanking you for joining the ABA.
An autographed copy of Disapproving Rabbits (Sharon's first book).
Send confirmations to email@example.com with your preferred prize and mailing address.
Autographs from Kenn Kaufman, Neil Gaiman and us are prizes.
Other things we talked about include the documentary about the Duck Stamp art contest called Million Dollar Duck. We highly recommend it.
Some jerk got a worthwhile fine for killing hawks that were hunting the quail he wanted to kill.
Aug 15 2016
Rank #5: Birdchick Podcast #212 Poaching, Parrots and Pokemon
I love that not only have I received official federal guidance about Pokemon for my job but that a hook and bullet publication put my post about Pokemon Go out there. If you think Pokemon Go is the beginning of the end of society...read this.
JOIN THE AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION Send us proof that you joined or renewed and you could win one of the Kaufman field guide. Specify which one you want to firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first serve.
Weird, it's legal to release rehabbed starlings and house sparrows in the United States but not parrots...
You cannot unsee this.
Jul 28 2016
Rank #6: Birdchick Podcast #233 Migration! Laura Erickson, Bird Farts
Birdcast has live migration maps this spring!
A hot mess of an article about birds, National Parks and climate change.
Urban barred owls give very few ducks.
The closing of the Lodge and Spa in Pico Bonito National Park is covered in a bit more detail over at This Birding Life.
Bird sperm fundraiser. Yep. That's what I typed.
EDIT: added the correct audio file. Whoops! -nbb
Mar 28 2018
Rank #7: Birdchick Podcast #239 We're back! Great Black Hawk, H is for Hawk
We started a Patreon!
The great black hawk that’s been in Maine is in wildlife rehab with frostbite. What will it’s future be?
The raven and snowy owl video we referenced in the podcast.
Jan 25 2019
Rank #8: Birdchick Podcast #219 Owl Drama and Birding Apps
The owl drama is intense this month on social media. You can follow the hashtag #owlmasterbaiters on Facebook to following along.
Lawsuit in New York to protect threatened piping plovers from non native feral cats.
Oh hey, it's a great blue heron eating an alligator.
Feb 21 2017
Rank #9: Birdchick Podcast #210 Bird Brains and Philandering Godwits
Jun 20 2016
Rank #10: Birdchick Podcast #227 My Husband is Surprisingly Supportive
Aug 31 2017
Rank #11: Birdchick Podcast 222: Cuba Birding and Migration
May 09 2017
Rank #12: Birdchick Podcast #229 We're Back!
It's winter so of course we talking about owls. Here's an article that I did for Audubon with tips on how to search for Northern Saw-whet Owls. The politics of reporting owls...there are definitely more northern species of owls in the northern US this year, but the locations are being kept on the down low this winter. Even eBird has put owls on the sensitive species list so you can't use it for exact locations.
Vogue did an article about bird watching...and it isn't terrible...
Non Birding Bill's other podcast: Aging Poorly.
One of the reasons we stopped podcasting is in this post. It's hard to have a snarky birding podcast when the news is often terrible. But we're back for now. Thank you for your patience.
Feb 01 2018
Rank #14: Birdchick Podcast #237 Raccoons, Bill was right...what?
Jun 14 2018
Rank #15: Birdchick Podcast #223 Cowbirds, Audubon, Gay Griffon Vultures
<p>Eastern phoebe feeding a brown-headed cowbird chick. </p>
Cowbirds are kind of like the Manchurian Candidate.
Gay griffon vulture pair raise a chick in an Amsterdam Zoo.
A fascinating look at the amazing talent of Julie Zickefoose as she restores an Audubon Elephant Folio.
Jane Yolen is partnering with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to write some books about birds for kids.
You know the dude who broke the North American Big Year record? He donated over $36,000 to offset his carbon footprint.
What, there are other podcasts to listen to? Here are the ones we referenced:
Out There With The Birds specifically the migration episode.
Lang Elliot's Music of Nature
Non Birding Bill's podcast with Sam Landman called Aging Poorly
Jun 19 2017
Rank #16: Birdchick Podcast #221: Nest Watch, White-throated Sparrows
How much would you pay to go glamping for a nigh parrot in Australia?
The California super bloom has been great for birds too. Be sure to check out the video.
Apr 11 2017
Rank #17: Birdchick Podcast #230: Brain Damage and Messy Relationships
Ovenbird vs a garter snake. OMG those birds are surprisingly badass.
Feb 14 2018
Rank #18: Birdchick Podcast #220 Birding Extremadura, Birds Do Weird Stuff
Are you having a hard day? Check out this bubbler type bath with a buttload of Allen's hummingbirds.
Migration needs to hit soon because all North American birders are doing is arguing about owls and baiting.
Good Birders Still Don't Wear White is out and you should buy it!
Mar 20 2017
Rank #20: Birdchick Podcast #236 The Tadoussac eBird List
Let's face it, bird taxonomy is currently a shit show.
May 30 2018