How many birds are on your life list?

The 7 Birding Podcasts I’m Listening Too Right Now

What do you listen to while driving in your car?   Music? Talk Radio? Nothing?   What if you could turn those wasted moments into a chance to learn about birds?   That is exactly how I utilize bird watching podcasts.   It’s one of my favorite ways to consume information and news.   A podcast is an audio program that that is downloaded over […]

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Eagle Optics Ranger Review: A Binocular Designed For Birders!

The Eagle Optics Ranger ED binocular is a lot like a Toyota Camry.   Let me explain:    A Camry is a quality, mid priced vehicle. It’s not the most expensive or flashiest car on the road but it’s also not the cheapest. When I bought my Camry, I knew I was getting a very reliable car that would last for years and satisfy every […]

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Celestron Nature DX Review: The Best BUDGET Binoculars on Planet Earth

The Celestron Nature DX binocular gets my vote for the BEST binocular if you are on a tight budget.   And there is really no other competition among binoculars under $200.        Celestron Nature DX Review: Table of Contents  The 4 People the Nature DX is Perfect For 5 Reasons to Purchase the Celestron Nature DX  The 3 Best Places to Buy This […]

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Bird Watching Holidays You MUST Add To Your Calendar This Year

What are the most important days for someone who loves birds to remember?   This is the question that came to me during Global Big Day 2017. This is an event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that invites everyone from around the world to look for birds on the same day every year and submit their observations to eBird.   Global Big Day […]

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The 11 Best Spotting Scopes for Bird Watching (2017)

Owning a quality birding spotting scope is a necessity for most birders.   Here’s why:   While binoculars are easy to carry as they hang off your neck, their magnification can only get you so close to the action.   For example, the average bird watching binoculars have a zoom of 8x-10x. This is wonderful, until the bird you are trying to see is really […]

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2nd Quarter of 2017 – Personal Birding Updates

Birds Added to Life List: 39 Total Birds on Life List: 75   It has been a few months since I have posted an update about what’s going on with my personal bird watching life and updated my life list.   First, instead of posting an update every month, I am switching to just do a quarterly update. Out of all the articles I have […]

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Bird Watching in AND around Disney World: The Ultimate Guide

Is it possible to see wild and native birds while visiting Disney World in Orlando?   That’s the question I wanted to answer during our recent vacation to the self-proclaimed “Happiest Place on Earth.”   And no, Donald and Daisy Duck don’t count. 🙂   We (wife, daughter and me) spent a week at the Disney Beach Club Resort and Coronado Springs Resort. From a […]

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The Rules, Etiquette and Ethics of Birding (Hint: Don’t Be An Asshole!)

I have a question for you.   Who is most disrespectful or annoying birder you have ever been around? (Warning: If you can’t think of anyone then it could be you!)   Did they talk to loud?  Or maybe they never stopped talking? Did they scare away every single bird?   What did they do that makes them stand out?   Whether you have been […]

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The Best Bird Watching Apps of 2017

I can’t imagine leaving my smart phone at home when birding! As technology continues to advance, it has become an invaluable tool.   For example, I have bird watching apps for just about everything, including field guides, checklist apps, automatic recognition and even apps that sync with eBird to help find local birds that I haven’t seen yet!   But trying to find apps that […]

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The 19 Best Bird Watching Books to Read THIS Year

First, let me tell you what is NOT on this list.   Field Guides.   It’s not that I don’t appreciate or like field guides, they are an essential part of any bird watchers library.   But this list of the 19 best bird watching books was created for books that you WANT to read. To make it onto this list, you must actually be […]

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Leica Noctivid Review: The 7 BEST Reasons to Purchase Today

“The best binoculars we’ve ever made.” ~ Leica   Statements like this make you take notice. Especially coming from a company like Leica that has been in business for over 100 years and has built up such a wonderful reputation for their optics.   In August 2016, the Leica Noctivid was introduced and replaced the Leica Ultravid-HD with the honor as the companies best binocular. […]

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The Best Birding Blogs of 2017

Did you know there are now over 1 billion different websites on the internet? Wow!   This has created a problem for me:   I find it extremely difficult to navigate the World Wide Web to find the best bird watching blogs!   It reminds me of trying to find a Common Nighthawk during the day, very challenging!   And let’s be honest, when is […]

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Monthly Update: March 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 8 Total Birds on Life List: 36   Spring is here! Spring is here!   The unpredictable weather from February carried over into March. The beginning of the month came in like a bang with tornado warnings and high winds. Then it snowed. And then the rains came and wouldn’t stop. Of course a few beautiful sunny days were mixed […]

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14 Actionable Bird Watching Tips for Beginners (and a few for everyone!)

So you’ve been bitten by the bird watching bug?   Congratulations! You are one of millions from around the world that consider themselves a bird watcher or birder.   But beginning any new activity, sport or hobby (the debate about what to call bird watching rages) there is an ostrich egg’s size of information to learn and only so much time in a day. I […]

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The 8 Best Bird Watching Binoculars of 2017

Can we agree that shopping for the BEST bird watching binoculars can be extremely frustrating?   There are countless makes and models, all making some pretty big promises. After doing some research, it seemed that more questions arose than answers.   How much should I spend? Am I getting ripped off? Is this the best choice for bird watching? Which brand is the best?   […]

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Monthly Update: February 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 5 Total Birds on Life List: 28   Wow! February brought a crazy month of weather here in Ohio.   It has been extremely warm and included some big shifts in temperature. We had everything from multiple days that reached records highs in the 70’s to the next day having an inch of snow on the ground.   And I […]

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What is a “Spark Bird”? How one bird can change your life!

Do you remember the moment you discovered bird watching?   What did it feel like to know that you could never go back to the way things were?   When I first discovered birding, it felt as though a hidden and secret world had finally been revealed. I couldn’t believe there were so many people just like me, who cared passionately about our feathered friends […]

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Monthly Update: January 2017

Birds Added to Life List: 23 Total Birds on Life List: 23   Welcome to my first Monthly Updates post!   I’m excited to share what I have been up too over the past month. From getting out in the cold winter to look for birds to working every day on Bird Watching HQ, I feel that birds have occupied a huge amount of my […]

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eBird: The Birding App I Use The Most

Part of the fun of birding is keeping lists. I love trying to see as many species as possible every time I go for a hike, which becomes a game and competition against myself. During any birding excursion, I am constantly aware of how many birds I have seen. Keeping lists of birds is important to almost all birders and we all want to keep […]

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Larkwire Review: The Gamification of Bird Sounds

Learning to identify birds by their songs or sounds can be extremely frustrating!   Seriously, just in my home of state of Ohio there are around 300 species! And most birds have multiple sounds that need to be learned between their different song variations and contacts calls.   Sure, learning a few of the most common species such as Mourning Dove or American Robin is […]

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