The Best Birding Blogs of 2017
Did you know there are now over 1 billion different websites on the internet? Wow!
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 the last time you actually went to the second page of a Google search??? Probably when Beanie Babies were still popular.
The list below is a compilation of the best birding blogs and nature blogs that I have stumbled across.
The sites below vary greatly in their content. They are all unique and have such different perspectives from all over the world. From very experienced birders to novices. There are artists, authors, photographers and then just people (like me!) who enjoy the activity of being outside searching for birds.
The sites below went through a very serious and thorough vetting process. Mostly I asked myself, “Do I enjoy reading this blog?” If I answered “Yes!” then the site was added! 🙂
My #1 Tip for Organizing and Reading Blogs
If not, I recommend creating an account. It’s free! It’s the way that I organize my favorite websites, publications and blogs.
Instead of trying to visit each individual site every day to see if there are new posts, I just have to log into Feedly. From there, I have added my favorite websites and blogs and put them into different categories. Each time a new post or article is published from any of these sites, I can see and read it right in the Feedly interface.
Seriously, it saves so much time and makes sure I don’t miss anything I want to read. It has changed my life, check it out! Feedly is pretty easy to use, especially once you play around with it a bit.
***I am always on the search for great reading and want to keep adding to this list. I believe the best way to help birds is to connect passionate birders from all around the world. Please send me an email about your site or if you want to recommend another blog.***
To help you navigate, I have organized the blogs by country and then by state, province, etc.
- One thing missing in many birding blogs is something called humor. If this is something you enjoy along with birds then you will enjoy Seagull Steve.
- Nick does a great job of describing his adventures while exploring mostly the east coast. Like many of us, he tries to fit in as much birding as possible in between our busy work and personal lives.
District of Columbia:
- A consistent, weekly post to the most important birding, nature and conservation news.
- I really enjoy Jeff’s blog, his posts appear as monthly columns in a local Chicago newspaper. They are very well written, informative and entertaining.
- This is one of my favorite blogs. Sharon’s goal for the past 20 years has to get paid to go birding. She is very funny and plugged into current events and issues in the bird watching community. She also has a podcast that I listen too with her husband “Non Birding” Bill.
- A personal bird, nature and photography blog from a retired biology professor in Minnesota. You can count on a several short posts every week about some of the native wildlife that Dan observes and photographs!
- Laura is very involved in the birding community; from writing books and magazine articles to hosting radio programs to participating in the annual “Big Year” competition in North America. I enjoy her well written and articulate blog posts.
- This is the personal birding blog of Don and Lillian Stokes, the authors of the Stokes Bird Guides. There is so much information and experience between these two bird watching celebrities, I highly recommend checking out their site!
- Arguably the most popular birding blog on the planet. New York probably isn’t very accurate since they have authors from all over the world contributing content very week.
- Nancy is the owner of a Wild Birds Unlimited in New York. Her site focuses on the birds and other nature we find in our own yards and the zen principles of attention, acceptance and responsibility.
- This is the personal blog of Bill Thompson III, the editor of the magazine Bird Watchers Digest. Bill is one of my secret man crushes and I have a goal to have multiple beers with him someday. I listen to both of his podcasts, read his magazine and follow his blog. I even read his book Bird Watching for Dummies a few years ago. He just seems to be everywhere.
- Jim’s interest in wildlife started with birds and has since grown into a fascination with all things in nature. He picks a topic and shares in detail the natural history and photographs from his chosen subject. Very informative!
- This is the personal blog of author and artist Julie Zickefoose. She writes and paints from her 80 acre home in Ohio and takes us along through her stories on this site.
- Founded in 2006 by Drew Weber. Their goal is to promote the fun and serious sides of birding, bird science and conservation from the view point of people in the field.
- Kate St. John writes about the local nature she observes from her window near her home in Pittsburgh. She is especially interested in the local Peregrine Falcons and hiking in western Pennsylvania and beyond.
- Anything you could ever want about the birds of South Dakota. Identification tips, hot spots, photo’s and a well written blog.
- A nice birding blog from down under! Trevor shares his photo’s and experiences of the birds near his home in Australia.
- This is a great blog to read to get information about birding in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, many times it just makes me jealous that I am not in warm and tropical Costa Rica ALL the time!
- Talking about feeling old! At less than half my age, Mya-Rose is dedicated to nature, conversation and birds. She writes about a variety of issues but most impressive is her life list at over 4,000 birds by age 14!
- A fun blog to read mostly due to the wit and humor that Jonathan provides about his local birds and really anything else.
I hope this provides some great new websites and blogs to check out. Let me know some of the best birding blogs and bird watching blogs that you follow!