Birdwatching Podcasts

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

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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 157: 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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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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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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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough December 12, 2020See for privacy information.

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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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Bird Talk with David and Scott Menough December 5, 2020See for privacy information.

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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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Bringing Back the Native Palouse PrairieIn north-central Idaho, Kas Dumroese is restoring retired agricultural land to native Palouse Prairie, an ecosystem that's been almost entirely wiped out.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #83 with Matt BartelsHow does the Washington Rare Birds Committee work and what makes it effective? How did Matt find 200 species of birds in every one of the 39 WA counties, and how did he get so passionate about county listing?

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04-40: Birding Stories from ABA FriendsNate Swick is out of the studio this week so we're sending you a mini-cast to enjoy while he's gone.

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Polar Owl, White Owl, Artic Owl…Snowy OwlSnowy Owls are a beautiful species and a special animal to see for birders and non-birders alike.

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For Australian Magpies, Bigger Groups May Mean Bigger BrainsSome scientists believe our complex human brains are the result of living in complex social groups.

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Curlew Nest CheckResearch biologist Heather Hayes of the Intermountain Bird Observatory takes us to a Long-billed Curlew nest she's been monitoring in an alfalfa field.

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81 Danielle Belleny and Black Birders WeekDanielle Belleny is a wildlife biologist, member of the BlackAFinSTEM collective, and co-founder of Black Birders Week.

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Fancy DucksTake a walk around a lake in late November, and you'll find male ducks in their most brilliant breeding colors.

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The Desert Island HypotheticalLaura has always answered that hypothetical question about what bird you'd want if you were stranded on a desert island the same way.

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808 Nov. 29, 2020On our Latest Show: birder, blogger, and author Faraaz Abdool joins us from Trinidad and Tobago; Mike O'Connor checks in from Cape Cod ; and our Freya McGregor sends us an audio postcard from Talledega National Forest in Alabama.

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Crows and ChipsCrows didn't get where they are today by being shy or slow. They take advantage of whatever food they find, where and when they find it.

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Feisty CardinalYou may not have seen a Northern Cardinal in the wild, but you've probably seen one on holiday cards or the cover of a bird book.

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Seabirds of St. George IslandEvery year, close to two million birds nest on St. George Island, one of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, a couple hundred miles north of the Aleutian chain of Alaska.

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Wishbones and DinosaursThe anatomical structure we call the wishbone was long thought unique to birds. But fossil discoveries of recent decades have shown that some dinosaurs, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, and the Velociraptors of "Jurassic Park," also had wishbones.

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04-39: This Month in BirdingThe last Thursday of November means it's time for This Month in Birding coming to you for the holiday.

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More Eyes and EarsA family of dapper Black-capped Chickadees call as they hang upside down, pecking at alder seeds.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #82 with Paul BannickPaul Bannick is an award winning photographer and author and on this episode we talk about his photography, his new books about the Life History of Great Gray and Snowy Owls, his conservation work, photography in general and his life's work and stories.

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Cats IndoorsOne of the most important things we can do for birds is to keep cats indoors.

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Collecting Murre EggsOn St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea, Ivan Melovidov collects speckled murre eggs in the traditional Aleut way, by descending over the edge of a cliff.

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KaseyIn 2006, Laura brought home a feral cat from Ohio. It worked out better than you might expect.

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Rough-legged HawkAfter breeding on Arctic cliffs and tundra hillsides in summer, Rough-legged Hawks winter throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

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A Finchy FallWhat birds are turning up on Peabody Street?

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807 Nov. 22, 2020On our latest show : owl stories from New York City and Cape Cod; a bird with a twisted bill; and superstar conservationist and birder Tykee James.

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Harlequin Ducks in the TetonsSome Harlequin Ducks migrate from the Pacific Coast all the way to the Teton Mountains in northwestern Wyoming to breed in the summer.

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Late Fall Sounds to Listen ForBy the time November rolls around, the bird songs of summer can seem a distant memory.

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Grouse: Bonus Guest Episode: The Spotted OwlThis episode we're sharing "Timber Wars," from OPB. The show explores the fight over old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest.

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Great Horned Owls CallingA fledgling Great Horned Owl calls to be fed. Judging from the young bird's persistence, the parents seem to be responding only with calls, not with food.

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Barn Owls in the Big AppleNew Yorkers may think they hear owls hooting outside their apartment windows, but it's more likely the coo of a Mourning Dove.

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04-38: What Now in Bird Policy with Tykee JamesWe now see ourselves on the cusp of a change in leadership in the United States.

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The Quest for 300Birding is a great hobby / recreation to share with acquaintances, friends, family... anyone. It can also be something fun to do together.

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Pygmy-Owls' False EyesThis Northern Pygmy-Owl appears to have eyes in the back of its head. But why?

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The Bird Banter Podcast #81 with Florence Reed and Patrick McMillanI learned that most of the people in the world feed themselves on relatively small family farms, and that helping them inprove yields and improve their health and lives.

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80 Jocelyn AndersonIn episode 80, I speak with Jocelyn Anderson, photographer and birder. Jocelyn lives in Michigan, and started photographing birds around 4 years ago.

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Pinyon-Juniper and Pinyon JaysThe pinyon-juniper woodlands of northern Arizona support Pinyon Jays, which rely heavily on pinyon nuts.

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Introducing ThreatenedA new podcast from BirdNote about about the enduring connections between birds, people and landscapes.

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Partial MigrationThe cries of a Killdeer are familiar across most of the US during spring and summer.

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806 Nov. 15, 2020On Our Latest Show: Bird-friendly wine; Purple Finch vs House Finch; good news for West Texas birds; and a Carolina Wren audio postcard from Alabama.

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The Oystercatcher's WorldBlack Oystercatchers prey on shellfish in the wave zone, especially mussels and limpets. The waves cause mussels to open often, making them easier to eat.

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Bosque del Apache, High Desert OasisAt this time of year, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is a birder's paradise.

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Gull Identification IIThe challenge of learning which gull is which brings to mind a crossword puzzle. Take in all the clues, and come up with the right answer.

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An Auspicious Day?Today is an appropriate day for Laura to talk about superstitions.

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Watching WhimbrelsWhimbrels migrate from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic to winter in South America.

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04-37: Loving the Unloved Vulture with Katie FallonDespite being one of the most ubiquitous birds in the Americas, the poor Turkey Vulture is saddled with a mixed reputation.

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November PleasuresWhat's turning up on Peabody Street?

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Little Brown BirdsSo many little brown birds look the same. They might be sparrows, or wrens, or finches, or something altogether different.

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Milestone BirthdayLaura's birthday brings her thoughts of numbers and gallinules, and one unpleasant memory.

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Lesser Prairie-Chickens in KansasMale Lesser Prairie-Chickens in southwest Kansas put on quite a show to attract females. They raise their long neck feathers, fan their tails, stomp their feet, and inflate their orange throat sacs to yodel.

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Superstitions about Owls, Part 2Laura talks about how to find owls, and why seeing one is lucky, not a sign of death.

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The Bird Banter Podcast #80 with Darren ClarkOn The Bird Banter Podcast #80 Darren Clark and I talk about birding Idaho, photography, eBird, tell birding stories and more.

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Blind Snakes and Screech-OwlsDuring the breeding season, when Eastern Screech-Owls capture the worm-like reptiles known as blind snakes, they deliver them to their chicks alive and wriggling.

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Superstitions about Owls, Part IWhy are people so superstitious about owls?

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805 Nov. 8, 2020On Our Latest Show: "The Crossbill Guy," Matt Young, explains the winter finch explosion; Susan Richmond reviews two books about the human/bird connection; and Mike talks about tails.

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Triple-duty GardenWhat can one person do when large-scale human development replaces nearby natural habitat? Seattle-area lakeside resident Joanna Buehler spoke out for clean water and the needs of wildlife.

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Bird Talk with Scott and David Menough November 7, 2020See for privacy information.

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The Peregrine Falcons of BostonPeregrine Falcons were once wiped out along the Eastern seaboard. The culprit was DDT, a pesticide that weakened the birds' eggshells.

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Eurasian Collared-Doves' Sense of DirectionThe Eurasian Collared-Dove is rapidly increasing across the US and southern Canada. This sandy pink bird with the neat black neckband was released in the Bahamas in the 1960s.

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Natural Predators and DeathHow we use natural predators to symbolize death is extraordinarily inconsistent.

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Mating Strategy of the Saltmarsh SparrowIn the tidal marshes of the East Coast, the Saltmarsh Sparrow has a breeding strategy described by scientists as featuring an "obligate, promiscuous, and bond-free relationship between males and females." That means both sexes copulate with multiple individuals, without a lasting relationship.

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04-36: Kestrels in the Hood with Najada DavisBirders and non-birders alike love urban nesting birds. The drama of life and death in a place where you wouldn't necessarily expect wildlife is certainly appealing, and when a pair of American Kestrels took up at Cleveland, Ohio's busy West Side Market filmmaker and media producer.

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Tri-State Tour of Auto ToursHannah and Erik explored several different national wildlife refuges throughout the Pacific Northwest to see what their auto tours had to offer.

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November Musings, Part 2Why do we think birds carry messages between heaven and earth?

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Episode 80: An Interview with Paul BaicichPaul Baicich has been author of the Quick Takes column in Bird Watcher's Digest for more than a dozen years, is author of three important books on birds and bird watching, worked for the American Birding Association for 14 years, and is an ardent champion of bird conservation.

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Bufflehead ReturnThis month, the Bufflehead returns from the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska to winter in our waters.

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November Musings, Part 1November can be a miserable month, but Laura has two reasons to love it.

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Grouse After FireThe 2020 wildfire season has burned more than 8 million acres in the West, including some of the most important habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse in Washington State.

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79 Bird walk at John Heinz NWR with Tony TestaTony Testa, Host of the Finding Subjects podcast, takes us on a wonderful bird walk through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, in Philadelphia, USA.

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Chickadee Brains Are Bigger in the ColdAs the colder months arrive, birds that remain in northern climates face the harsh realities of staying warm and finding food.

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